The “City Open Air Cinema with Orange” season of film screenings continues until Saturday August 2.
For the second summer in a row, the Ville de Luxembourg has set up an outdoor cinema near the grand ducal palace. Films old and new will be shown for free on a giant, inflatable screen at around 9.30pm (after sundown).
This week’s programme kicks off with what critic James Kendrick called “a modern update of the Cinderella fable”, Pretty Woman. The film shot Julia Roberts to stardom for her role as prostitute Vivian who ends up falling for client Richard Gere--who has only hired her to accompany him to business functions. Many adore the film, but it was also criticized for glamourising prostitution.
The following day Steven Spielberg’s classic Jaws is screened for free. Hailed as “one of the most effective thrillers ever made” by the great Roger Ebert, the film needs little introduction as many scenes and even dialogue (such as “we’re going to need a bigger boat”) have become part of popular culture. Still, no matter how familiar the film we bet that half the audience still jumps in their seats when the head pops out of the sunken boat.
Thursday’s film is comedy classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail, a mischievous satire on the legend of King Arthur, the pomposity of the British and the rudeness of the French. The film is appropriate given that the comedy act performed its final ever show last Sunday.
A more contemporary film, Wes Anderson’s delightful romp The Grand Budapest Hotel (photo), is screened on Friday August 1.
The programme closes with another classic, Blake Edwards’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s in which Audrey Hepburn also plays a glamorous prostitute--though the term “society girl” was used to describe her role as the now iconic Holly Golightly.
Palace forecourt, Luxembourg-Centre