The popular Old Pasadena Film Festival, a four-week, free movie series, returns July 5 – July 27. The mostly outdoor film festival will celebrate motion picture in all its forms showcasing a variety of audience-pleasing movie titles and genres. With nineteen screenings, the Old Pasadena Film Festival is the largest open-air film festival in California and is expected to draw upwards of 10,000 attendees.
This year the festival pays tribute to film noir and suspense films by offering a myriad of movies highlighting the impact these genres have had on the motion picture. Classic noir showings includeThe Third Man - a cinematic masterpiece featuring Orson Welles, and Mildred Pierce - starring the infamous Academy Award-winning Joan Crawford. Central Park will also host classic suspense films including the 1963 psychological paranormal flick The Haunting, as well as the 1955 thriller The Night of the Hunter, which has been deemed culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant by the United States Library of Congress.
The Old Pasadena Film Festival also includes date night showings, including the beloved Woody Allen classic Annie Hall, Academy Award-winning musical Chicago, and the fun-loving Young Frankenstein, among others.
Distant Lands, the specialty travel bookstore in Old Pasadena, will screen travel documentaries such as the quintessential summer film The Endless Summer, as well as the award-winning documentary180 Degrees South, tracking the famous journey of Jeff Johnson to Patagonia. All in all, the Old Pasadena Film Festival gives attendees the unique experience of enjoying four weeks of award-winning cinema in unique outdoor spaces. Showings are free and open to the public.
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