“Thelma & Louise” at Sag Harbor Cinema’s Drive-In @ Havens Beach
As summer comes to a close, it’s only appropriate to celebrate it with Sag Harbor Cinema’s savory new lineup of films that challenge cinematic standards both in form and content:
First, transport yourself with Marcell Jankovic’s psychedelic masterpiece Son of the White Mare, a peerless Hungarian animation gorgeously restored in 4K and shown through our virtual cinema.
Then, by popular demand, we are holding over Bert Stern’s Jazz on a Summer’s Day, also available to watch in our virtual cinema. Cure this summer’s absence of music concerts with Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O’Day, Chuck Berry, and Dinah Washington during the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.
And finally, top your weekend off on Sunday with the unforgettable, irreplaceable, and unparalleled road trip film: Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise starring cinema’s toughest duo Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis. The film will show at the Sag Harbor Cinema Havens Beach Drive-in this Sunday, August 23rd.
Sag Harbor Cinema Drive-in at Havens Beach
Thelma & Louise
Directed by Ridley Scott (USA 1991; 129 mins. In English)
This Sunday, August 23rd we hit the road with Ridley Scott’s thrilling and unforgettable Thelma & Louise, one of the most influential road films ever, complete with a hotly debated final scene. “A gleefully offbeat road movie in which two women, instead of the usual footloose fellas, exult in the heady freedom of America’s lonesome highways,” says the New York Daily News.
The story begins in Arkansas – Thelma (Geena Davis) is a housewife in an abusive marriage and Louise (Susan Sarandon) is a plucky waitress at the local diner. They head out for a girls’ weekend away – but when their stop for a drink at a roadhouse bar turns treacherous, Louise’s reaction sets them on the run from the police.
Thelma and Louise decide to escape to Mexico, meeting the cowboy-hunk-drifter J.D. (Brad Pitt in his breakout role) along the way. With the police hot on their heels, led by an empathetic investigator (Harvey Keitel), the women’s fate quickly closes in on them. Keitel omnisciently tracks them across the desert, prophetically assuring to his colleague: “Brains’ll only get you so far and luck always runs out.”
The duo seems to understand their fate, but the chase feels both frightening and exciting. Their courage slowly morphs into a pursuit of total freedom (in spite of the law). “I don’t ever remember feeling this awake,” Thelma utters as the two speed away from the police and across the spectacular red arches of southwestern United States. “Everything looks different.”
Sag Harbor Cinema’s Havens Beach Drive-in will present two more films on Sunday evenings through August: Thelma & Louise (1991) on August 23rd and Stand by Me (1986) on August 30th. Drive-in tickets are available only online. Screenings start approximately at 9:00pm and the park opens at 8:30pm. Go to sagharborcinema.org for tickets and information. Havens Beach is located just off Bay Street in Sag Harbor.
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Son of the White Mare (Fehérlófia)
Directed by Marcell Jankovics (Hungary 1981; 87 mins. in Hungarian with English subtitles)
One of the great psychedelic masterpieces in world animation, Son of the White Mare is a swirling, color-mad maelstrom of mythic monsters and Scythian heroes, part-Nibelungenlied, part-Yellow Submarine, lit by jagged bolts of lightning and drenched in rivers of blue, red, gold and green. A massive cosmic oak stands at the gates of the Underworld, holding seventy-seven dragons in its roots; to combat these monsters, a dazzling white mare goddess gives birth to three heroes – Treeshaker and his brothers – who embark on an epic journey to save the universe.
Jazz on a Summer’s Day
Directed by Bert Stern (USA 1959; 86 mins. in English)
We also continue to show Bert Stern’s fantastically-reviewed Jazz on a Summer’s Day. Considered one of the most extraordinary, and possibly the first concert film ever made, this sparkling new 4K restoration by IndieCollect, with color correction by Oskar Miarka, recently premiered at the 57th New York Film Festival with sold out shows.
Richard Brody of The New Yorker says that the performances are “among the treasures of filmed music; all of them, whatever their musical merit, are filmed with a rare artistry, a rare attention to making images of music that are themselves musical.” Jazz on a Summer’s Day was named to the National Film Registry in 1999, and its restoration was funded by the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress in time to celebrate the film’s 60th Anniversary.
Stay tuned for more programming updates from Sag Harbor Cinema!