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Friday Nights 'Under The Stars': Classic Films At Wadsworth Atheneum

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art’s annual Friday-night “Under the Stars” summer movie series begins July 13, offering music and food service in the open-air Gengras Court and screenings of classic films.

This year, the films take place in locales where the painter Frederic Church traveled. The theme is in conjunction with the exhibit “Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage.” Music and food starts at 5 p.m. each day and the movies start at 8:15 p.m.

The July 13 movie is “Roman Holiday,” the 1953 romance starring Audrey Hepburn as a princess who falls in love with a journalist played by Gregory Peck.

On July 20, the series continues with “Never on Sunday,” the 1960 Greek classic starring Melina Mercouri and Jules Dassin in a story about a gregarious prostitute who teaches a Connecticut academic a thing or two about life.

“Sirocco” is the title on July 27. Humphrey Bogart and Lee J. Cobb star in the 1951 thriller about a gun-runner helping Syrians who want the French out of their country.

The series concludes with a two-night screening of “Lawrence of Arabia.” The 1962 drama stars Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence, sent to broker peace among Bedouin tribes and mobilize them to fight the Turks during World War I. Part one of the 3 ½-hour film will be shown Aug. 10; part two will be shown Aug. 11.

The Atheneum is also showing the Finnish comic drama “Joulumaa” (“Wonderland”), the story of a rural B&B and the guests whose lives are changed — on July 12 at 7 p.m. and July 14 and 15 at 2 p.m.

Admission to Atheneum films is $9, $8 seniors and students, $7 members. thewadsworth.org.

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