Park Your Cinema is back, for the fourth consecutive summer season. The open-air film screening series at Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center offers great opportunities to discover timeless classic movies for the first time or enjoy for the nth time on a big screen – unforgettable films loved by successive generations of cinema-goers, which never fail to provide us with a fresh dose of film magic.
The perfect start for the new season, two legendary films that celebrate decades of popularity! The 80th anniversary of the premiere of The Wizard of Oz and the 60th anniversary of the premiere of the animated Sleeping Beauty meet in their shared homeland – the world of fairy tale – to entertain young and old.
Programming: Elias Fragoulis
A terrible tornado sends Dorothy and her family farm spinning in the air. Will she find happiness “over the rainbow” by following the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, where she can ask the Wizard to help her get back home? Based on L. Frank Baum’s children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900), this beloved classic was MGM's most expensive production at that time and failed to make a profit for the studios until the 1949 re-release. Justly regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, according to the Library of Congress it is the most watched film in the history of cinema. The film won the Academy Award for Best Original Song (for "Over the Rainbow,” of course); it was only due to the refusal of 20th Century Fox to give Shirley Temple as a loan to MGM that Judy Garland was cast as Dorothy. As Victor Fleming hastily replaced Cukor in directing Gone with the Wind, it was King Vidor that finished the filming (mainly the sepia-toned Kansas sequences). The Wizard of Oz was among the first 25 films that inaugurated the American National Film Registry list in 1989.
Director: Victor Fleming
Sunday 26/05 | 21.00
In English with Greek subtitles
Visitors are advised to bring insect repellent and a mat, or other similar item for sitting on the ground.