French Film #2 “On the Green” at Washington Square Tonight: La Guerre Des Boutons (War of the Buttons)

Wonderful atmosphere and energy last week for French film #1 “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” part of “Films On the Green” a program featuring French films presented at parks throughout the city all summer by the French Embassy and the Parks Department. It is definitely worth going at least once to see a film at WSP under the Arch/on the Fountain Plaza. (Last one this summer as far as I know unless more are being planned.) Tonight, Friday, June 15th 8:30 p.m. Free.

the set up by the Arch

the audience awaits the start of the film…

excellent DJ from WNYU pre-screening

the film under way

Full info for tonight’s film WAR OF THE BUTTONS | LA GUERRE DES BOUTONS Directed by Yves Robert, 1962, France, Comedy (English subtitles).

Next Two Fridays Free French Films at the Park Beginning Tonight, Friday, June 8th (Next One: Friday, June 15th)

For the fifth year, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the City’s Parks Department present French films over 8 Fridays in New York City parks with Washington Square Park hosting two screenings, the first, tonight, Friday, June 8th and again next Friday, June 15th. Each film will be preceded by a DJ from WNYU playing music. Tonight’s film is by the Arch.

Tonight, Friday, June 8th, 8:30 p.m.:

Directed by Robert Guédiguian, 2011, France, Drama/Romance
French with English Subtitles, Not rated, 107mStarring Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Ariane Ascaride, Gérard Meylan, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Anais Demoustier, Julie-Marie Parmentier

Despite losing his job, Michel lives happily with his wife Marie-Claire and their loving family and friends in Marseille. His happiness is shattered when he and his wife are robbed at gunpoint of their life savings by two mask-wearing thieves. The shock is even more devastating when they discover who the perpetuators are…

Based on the poem Les Pauvres Gens from La Légende des Siècles by Victor Hugo, Lévy et Hetzel, 1859, France. How Good are the Poor from The Legend of the Ages, published in the United States by Oxford University Press, 2004.

Next Friday, June 15th, 8:30 p.m.:

Directed by Yves Robert, 1962, France, Comedy (more…)

Update — Postponed — “Hair” Tonight, September 15th, 7:30 p.m. — filmed in WSP


Update: Postponed due to Rain; Rescheduled date not yet announced — The Parks Department’s film series of musicals at the Park kicks off tonight, Thursday, September 15th; it’s scheduled to begin 1/2 hour after sunset — around 7:40 p.m. — with classic flick Hair.” Filmed and released in the ’70s, Washington Square Park of yore is featured prominently. The three-film series is being presented with the IFC Waverly Center (and apparently NYU?).

The films are free and presented on the lawn in the NorthWest Quadrant (west of the Fountain). Will there be signs up? There weren’t last week for “On The Town” but that screening was postponed due to pending rain and rescheduled for next Monday.

Still to come —

*Monday, September 19th: “On The Town”
*Thursday, September 22nd: “Wild Style”

Previous WSP Blog post with full information on the series.

(Updated) Film Series of Musicals in the Park Next Three Weeks, Including “Hair” — Filmed in WSP

Italian Film Poster for "Hair"

Updated September 8th — For the next three Thursdays beginning this weeks, Washington Square Park will host a free film series with a spotlight on musicals that feature New York City. Presented by the city’s Parks Department with nearby IFC Waverly Cinema, the series begins this Thursday, September 8th with “On the Town.”next Thursday, September 15th.

From the New York Times:

Beginning Sept. 8 MOVED TO MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH DUE TO RAIN — with a screening of the Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen classic “On the Town.” The film follows the adventures of three sailors on a 24-hour pass through the sights and sounds of the city and generously utilizes city landmarks.

On Sept. 15 there will be a screening of the Milos Forman musical “Hair,” which pays homage to 1960s counterculture in song and mentions in one of its lyrics the Waverly Theater, the previous incarnation of the IFC Center.

“Wild Style,” from 1983, will close the series on Sept. 22. Charlie Ahearn’s film about a graffiti artist with big dreams looks at the city at a time when hip-hop was coming on the scene.

The person who wrote this New York Times piece (and the Parks Department IFC Waverly press release) may not have been aware that “Hair” was filmed in – and features prominently – Washington Square Park. With this screening, it’s also a chance to view and enjoy the “old” version of the park.

The films will begin 1/2 an hour after sunset which, by my calculation, means September 8th will start around 7:50 p.m, September 15th will start around 7:40 p.m., September 19th around 7:30 p.m., and September 22nd around 7:25 p.m.

You can catch the films on the lawn in the Northwest Quadrant (west of the Fountain).

Films On The Green – Free French Films – Tonight at Washington Square Park with NYC Premiere of “Those Happy Days”; Also June 17th

Those Happy Days

For the fourth year in New York City parks, Cultural Services of the French Embassy pairs with the NYC Parks Department to present “Films on The Green” – free French films, Fridays in Manhattan in June & July!

Washington Square Park hosts two film screenings. The first, this evening, is “Those Happy Days,” the film’s New York City premiere, and next Friday, June 17th, director Eric Rohmer’s “A Summer’s Tale.”

Tompkins Square, Riverside Park and Columbia University host the remaining five screenings. The series premiered last Friday in Central Park.

Tonight Friday, June 10th, 8:30 p.m. “Those Happy Days” by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano — New York Premiere

For the first time in his life Vincent Rousseau (Rouve) is at the head of a summer camp in the south of France. Between the blundering camp counselors, the untenable 80 kids and the unexpected visit of Children’s Services, these three weeks will be more eventful than expected. Summer camps are not necessarily a vacation for everyone!

Friday, June 17th, 8:30 p.m., “A Summer’s Tale” by acclaimed director Eric Rohmer

Gaspard (Poupaud) spends his summer holiday in Brittany, expecting his girlfriend Lena (Nolin) to arrive. He strikes up a friendship with Margot (Langlet), a young waitress. Although they spend a great deal of time together, Gaspard is approached by Solène (Simon), a seductive young woman. This liaison appears promising until Léna suddenly appear.

Full schedule for “Films On The Green” from the French Embassy is here.