The Reel 13 summer schedule opens on July 4 with Robert Benton’s drama Kramer vs. Kramer about a just-divorced career man who must learn to take care of his son on his own and then must fight in court to keep custody of him. The film was recognized with Academy Awards for “Best Picture,” “Best Director,” and “Best Adapted Screenplay.” Dustin Hoffman was also honored with “Best Actor” for his portrayal of a workaholic advertising executive and Meryl Streep received a “Best Supporting Actress” nod for her role as his wife Joanna.
Peter Bogdanovich’s Academy Award-winning coming of age film The Last Picture Show follows on July 11. The film received eight nominations, winning in the “Best Supporting Actor” and “Best Supporting Actress” categories.
Woody Allen’s critically praised and Academy Award-winning film Annie Hall, about an up and down relationship between a New York City comedian and his struggling night club singer girlfriend, concludes the month’s Classic lineup on July 25. The film won four out of the five categories for which it was nominated including “Best Picture,” “Best Director,” and “Best Original Screenplay,” while Diane Keaton was recognized in the “Best Actress” category.
July’s independent films include Sunset Stories with Jim Parsons and Zosia Mamet and Not Waving But Drowning with Adam Driver.
Every Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m., viewers can catch a Hollywood Classic followed by an Indie, hosted by Columbia University professor Richard Peña and by film historian Neal Gabler. The evening concludes with a Short film selected by viewers who vote for their favorite of three shorts at Reel13.org.
“Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979) Dir: Robert Benton
A New York adman (Dustin Hoffman) fights for custody of his son (Justin Henry) after his wife (Meryl Streep) walks out. With Jane Alexander and Justin Henry.
“Sunset Stories” (2012) Dir: Ernesto Foronda and Silas Howard
Two people chase around Los Angeles in search of a missing cooler. With Jim Parsons, Zosia Mamet, Sung Kang and Harold Perrineau.11
“The Last Picture Show” (1971) Dir: Peter Bogdanovich
The lives of high schoolers (Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges), a debutante (Cybill Shepherd) and others overlap in a dying 1950s Texas town. With Cloris Leachman and Ellen Burstyn.”Not Waving But Drowning” (2012)Dir: Devyn Waitt
The lives of two best girlfriends diverge when one moves to New York and the other remains in their small hometown. With Adam Driver, Vanessa Ray, Megan Guinan and Lynn Cohen.
“Risky Business” (1983) Dir: Paul Brickman
A call girl (Rebecca De Mornay) helps a Princeton applicant (Tom Cruise) turn his home into a one-night brothel. With Joe Pantoliano and Richard Masur.
“The Pill” (2011) Dir: J.C. Khoury
Fred (Noah Bean) spends an entire day with Mindy (Rachel Boston) to make sure she takes the morning-after pill following a one-night stand. With Anna Chlumsky.25
“Annie Hall” (1977) Dir: Woody Allen
A New York comedian (Woody Allen) recalls his lost love, a kooky singer (Diane Keaton). With Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon, Shelley Duvall and Christopher Walken.”The Jewish Cardinal” (2012) Dir: Ilan Duran Cohen
The remarkable true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the Jewish Archbishop of Paris. With Laurent Lucas, Aurelien Recoing and Audrey Dana.