IMA Summer Nights Film Series: North By Northwest

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Summer Nights Film Series continues Friday, July 9, 2010 with Alfred Hitchcock’s most stylish suspense thriller, North by Northwest. This slick film stars the handsome Carey Grant, the sexy Eva Marie Saint and the incomparable James Mason. Pack your picnic and blanket and get ready to cuddle up next to that special someone as Alfred Hitchcock works his movie magic on a cross country case of mistaken identity. Join in the celebrated summer tradition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art‘s outdoor amphitheater, facing the newly opened Virgina Fairbanks 100 Acres Art and Nature Park. Nothing compares to outdoor movies on a steamy summer evening.

When Madison Avenue advertising executive, Roger Thornhill (Carey Grant), is mistaken for Mr. George Kaplan and kidnapped by thugs, its only the beginning of a wild cross country ride for Thornhill as he struggles to save himself. After being taken to the house of Lester Townshend, Thornhill meets Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) who is posing as the man of the manor. Vandamm orders his right hand man Leonard (Martin Landau) to get rid of Thornhill, who denies that he is Kaplan and refuses to collaborate.

The unfortunate Thornhill becomes the subject of a cross country chase. In the course of the film, he is charged with driving while under the influence, murder and general insanity. After discover the identity of the real Townshend, and being framed for his murder, Thornhill hops a 20th Century Limited train, where he meets the seductive Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint). Though she helps him evade police on the train several times, it is soon revealed that she is working for Vandamm and Leonard, who are in another compartment.

Chased by planes, trains and automobiles, Thornhill slowly makes his way North by Northwest as the evil trio are hot on his heels. With iconic film sequences like Grant’s running from a crop dusting plane and a fist fight on the edge of Mount Rushmore, North by Northwest offers a wild ride in true Hitchcock fashion. In the climatic scene, with the carved faces of four beloved United States presidents in the background, Thornhill finally faces his pursuers. Will Eve make peace with the man she betrayed? Will Thornhill meet his maker or his savior? Find out at the IMA’s Summer Nights Film Series this Friday.

Tickets the the Summer Nights Film Series are $5.00 for members of this Indianapolis museum and $10.00 to Indianapolis peopleIndianapolis kids under six are admitted for FREE. The movies are shown in the gorgeous outdoor amphitheatre on the ground of the IMA, facing the 100 Acres: Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. Doors open at 6:00 pm to members of the IMA and 6:30 pm to the public. The film begins at sunset.

Enjoy a full barbecue with cash bar before the Summer Nights Film Series for only $30.00 ($25.00 for members of this Indianapolis art museum). Barbecue tickets for kids at seven to ten are $19.00 for the public and $15.00 for members. For kids age four to six, tickets are $10.00. On the menu are freshly grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, black bean burger and a variety of summer salads and treats. Barbecue starts at 6:00 pm.

After the film head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural districtBroad Ripple Village, for cocktails from any of these Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun! m Make the Circle City your playground!

North by Northwest
Friday, July 9, 2010

Indianapolis Museum of Art
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Indianapolis, IN 46208

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