Free Outdoor Summer Movies
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library & Fitzgerald in Saint Paul* are pleased to present:
Fridays with Fitzgerald
Four weeks of FREE films, outdoors in the courtyard at Central Library!
90 Fourth St. W, Saint Paul.
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and bug spray, and join us as we present four films inspired by the legendary F. Scott Fitzgerald. The shows begin at dusk (approximately 9:30 p.m.) and are cancelled in case of rain.
Our annual Outdoor Summer Movies series kicks off with Robert Redford’s 1974 version of Fitzgerald’s classic. Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby’s circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.
Fitzgerald’s one and only credited screenplay, “Three Comrades” is a love story centered around the lives of three young German soldiers in the years following World War I. Their close friendship is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman who is dying of tuberculosis.
Take a walking tour of downtown Fitzgerald sites, led by local historian and Fitzgerald scholar Dave Page, on July 19. The tour starts at Central Library at 8 p.m. and returns by 9 p.m.
Loosely based on the 1922 short story by Fitzgerald, the film documents the life of Benjamin Button, who is born an elderly man in New Orleans just after World War I, and proceeds to live his life aging in reverse throughout the 20th century.
In Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” Gil Pender is a Hollywood screenwriter vacationing in Paris. On a late-night, drunken stroll through the city, Pender spots a vintage 1920’s car that picks him up and takes him back in time to the Jazz Age. While visiting the past, Pender encounters Modernist expatriates Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and both F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
* Fitzgerald in Saint Paul is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the legacy and work of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and in particular, to interpreting Fitzgerald’s history in Saint Paul and Minnesota. If you are interested in knowing more or would like to get involved, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-253-3231.