Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 6:30p -
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
465 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Date Idea, Film
MFA Film is thrilled to present Sunset Cinema, an open-air theater with free monthly film screenings on the Museum’s Huntington Avenue lawn. In July, kick off the Boston French Film Festival with the razor-sharp comedy Divorce, French Style; in August, Paul Newman stars in the gritty prison drama Cool Hand Luke, part of the series Feed Your Head: Films from 1967; and in September, we’re teaming up with the Roxbury International Film Festival to present the groundbreaking horror flick Get Out.
Lawn games, music, and art-making activities begin at 6:30 pm. All films start at sundown, around 8 pm. No ticket is required. We suggest bringing a blanket or low chair, a picnic supper, and nonalcoholic beverages to enjoy during the film. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.
Fifty years after it cemented Paul Newman’s status as an American acting legend, Cool Hand Luke is lauded as one of the greatest films of all time. The hard-hitting drama follows petty criminal Luke Jackson (Newman) who is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm. Luke refuses to play by the rules of the sadistic warden (Strother Martin) or the yard’s resident heavy, Dragline (George Kennedy, in an Oscar-winning role). Luke’s bravado in the face of his oppressors makes him a rebel hero to his fellow convicts, and a thorn in the side of the prison officers. Part of the film series Feed Your Head: Films from 1967, Cool Hand Luke embodies the defiance of a generation who took on the establishment to end a war.