There will be music in the air this summer, as Films on the Green presents five French musicals and the film adaptation of an opera in parks throughout New York this June and July. The Films on the Green series of free screenings is jointly organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for the third year running.

Screenings will take place most Fridays of June and July at sunset (around 8:30pm, seating begins at 8:15pm), and will be free of charge.

June 11 8:30pm
(rain date June 12)
Central Park – Cedar Hill
(79th St & 5th Ave)
The Young Girls of Rochefort
June 18 8:30pm Washington Square Park 8 Women
June 25 8:30pm Washington Square Park Same Old Songs
July 02 8:30pm Tompkins Square Park A Woman is a Woman
July 09 8:30pm Tompkins Square Park Love Songs
July 16 8:30pm Central Park – Cedar Hill
(79th St & 5th Ave)
Tosca: the Movie

The Young Girls of Rochefort is a classic of French cinema starring Gene Kelly and George Chakiris (of West Side Story fame) opposite Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac. The film’s score, by Michel Legrand, was nominated for an Oscar in 1969. A dark musical comedy, 8 Women boasts a first-rate cast of many of France’s finest female actresses, including Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, and Emmanuelle Béart. This over-the-top parody of murder mysteries was nominated for 12 Césars in 2003. Same Old Songsfeatures an interesting twist: the actors lip-synch to songs performed by the original artists, making for unusual juxtapositions (of a female character singing in a male voice, for instance). The movie won Best Film at the 1998 César Awards. One of Jean-Luc Godard’s first movies, and undoubtedly one of his most playful, A Woman is a Woman is a tender tribute to childishness and to American musicals—but with a distinct New Wave flair! Love Songs , about youths coping with the loss of a loved one, also parts ways with tradition: its use of the romantic and comedic elements of the musical contrasts with its serious storyline. To cap it all off in style, the series will end with Tosca: the Movie . Tosca is not an opera performance captured on film, but rather the opera adapted for film, starring celebrated opera singers Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna. It is a must-see for both opera aficionados and novices.

This year, in partnership with Town Square’s SummerStarz 2010, Films on the Green will for the first time ever venture beyond Manhattan, with a special Brooklyn screening of Azur and Asmar , an animated movie for kids. The July 8 screening in East River State Park will be preceded by French-language activities and music for kids.

Organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy would like to thank the generous sponsors who made this event possible:
BNP Paribas, TV5 Monde, Village Voice, FACE (French American Cultural Exchange),AirFrance Skyteam.

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  • Je voudrais feliciter Nathalie Charles et son equipe pour avoir organise ces films en plein air.
    Ce soir a eu lieu la derniere representation avec l'opera Tosca.
    Ce fut magnifique: l'atmosphere, le temps plutot doux(78 o), le ciel etoile et la musique sublime de Puccini.
  • Bonjour Viviane,
    S'il pleut beaucoup la projection est annulee. Il est prevu des orages mais pas forcement de pluie. L'endroit se trouve sur la 5eme avenue, il faut entrer au niveau de la 79eme rue.
  • Hello everyone,
    Merci pour les renseignements, Nathalie.
    J'ai l'intention d'assister a "Tosca", a Central Park, ce soir -
    Ce sera la premiere fois que je vais a cet evenement en plein air.
    Tout d'abord, est-ce que quelqu'un pourrait me dire qu'est-ce qui se passerait au cas ou il pleut? Est-ce que l'on irait a la salle au Consulat?
    Aussi, c'est ecrit que cela aura lieu a "Cedar Hill", 79eme et 5eme - est-ce loin de la 5eme Avenue?
    Merci . Viviane
  • @Viviane. Pour les projections nous mettons à disposition une quarantaine de chaises mais elles sont prises assez rapidement. Il est toutefois possible d'amener ses chaises de plage, à manger, une couverture, etc.
  • C'est une excellente idee de continuer la tradition de montrer ces films en plein air. Je n'ai jamais ete a Cedar Hill dans Central Park - Est-ce que l'on s'asseoit par terre ou bien on peut apporter des chaises de plage? Je viens du New Jersey et c'est important de le savoir a l'avance. Merci.
  • coming :)
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