The Friends of the Nashville Public Library announced the titles of upcoming free movies to be shown in the library in March and April. The Thursday night movies are shown with the library’s digital projector on a large screen. The atmosphere is informal and people are welcome to bring a sandwich and eat during the movies. Popcorn will be provided free of charge, but there is a nominal charge for soft drinks and bottled water. Children must be accompanied by parents for the duration of the movie.
The Court Jester (March 12, 7 p.m.) is a 1955 musical-comedy film starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury and Cecil Parker. Danny Kaye received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actor – Comedy/Musical. Set in medieval England, the plot concerns the struggle to restore to the throne the rightful heir, a baby with a distinguishing birthmark, the purple pimpernel on his posterior. Danny Kaye plays Hubert Hawkins, an ex-carnival entertainer who becomes minstrel to the Black Fox, a Robin Hood-type character. The Black Fox leads a band of rebels in the forest, who support the true infant-king.
What’s Up, Doc? (March 26, 7 p.m.) is a 1972 comedy film starring Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’Neal, and Madeline Kahn in her first feature film role (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe). It was intended to pay homage to comedy films of the 1930s, especially Bringing Up Baby, as well as old Bugs Bunny cartoons. The film was a success, and became the third-highest grossing film of 1972. The story, which takes place in San Francisco, revolves around four identical plaid overnight bags and the people who own them. The owners of the bags all happen to check into the Hotel Bristol at the same time. Over the course of the evening, the bags get switched haphazardly from room to room as the four parties unwittingly take one another’s suitcases.
Diary of Anne Frank (April 16, 7 p.m.) is a 2009 BBC adaptation, originally written by Anne Frank and adapted for television by Deborah Moggach. It also aired on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Public television in the United States in 2010, as part of its Masterpiece series. The American broadcast was cut from 150 minutes to 100 and broadcast in one evening instead of over five evenings. This film is a modern literary classic and an extraordinary social document that gives a unique account of life in hiding under Nazi terror in World War II from the perspective of a teenage Jewish girl.
Avatar (April 30, 7 p.m.) is a 2009 American science fiction film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. The film is set in the mid-22nd century, when humans are mining a room-temperature superconductor called unobtanium on Pandora, a lush habitable moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri star system. The expansion of the mining colony threatens the continued existence of a local tribe of Na’vi – a humanoid species indigenous to Pandora. The film’s title refers to a genetically engineered Na’vi body with the mind of a remotely located human that is used to interact with the natives of Pandora.