HBO, Comcast and the Trust for the National Mall released the summer line-up for Screen on the Green today. Schedule below looks a lot like a syllabus from my years as a film student…glad to see that Nosferatu and Citizen Kane didn’t make the cut.

July 20
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)
Richard Dreyfuss embarks on an obsessive quest for answers after witnessing a low-flying UFO. Spielberg takes us from Mexico to Mongolia, from India to Indiana to show that we earthlings are not alone. The majestic musical score was Oscar-nominated, but double nominee John Williams lost to himself for “Star Wars.”

July 27
DOG DAY AFTERNOON (1975)
Sonny (Al Pacino) sets out to rob a Brooklyn bank to pay for his boyfriend’s sex change operation. The job doesn’t go as planned. Based on a true-life story, the screenplay won an Oscar and a Writer’s Guild award though reportedly much was improvised.

August 3
ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
Powerful, man-vs-union-racketeers drama set on the New Jersey docks remains a contenda. Winner of eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Elia Kazan). Marlon Brando was named Best Actor after being shut out the 3 previous years. Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden and Rod Steiger were all nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

August 10
REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE(1955)
Landmark tale of teen angst is still disturbing today. Natalie Wood and James Dean star as the tragic lovers, while Sal Mineo provides sensitive support as the outcast, Plato.