Grab a picnic blanket and head over to the East Lawn, just adjacent to the Museum, at sundown for a film screening under the stars. In the second of three summer installments, Screen on the Green will feature Beat the Devil. Starring iconic actors Humphrey Bogart and Jennifer Jones, the film depicts Bogarts' travels to Africa in the hope of purchasing land rich with the natural resource Uranium. Adapted from a novel written by John Huston and Truman Capote the film was intended as a parody of The Maltese Falcon and has been described as both a comedy and tongue-in-cheek parody of film noir and the spy films popularized in the 1940's. Filmed five centuries after The Invention of Glory, Beat the Devil and the tapestries both represent similar storylines, depicting Europeans traveling to Africa to conquer lands and control resources.
Running time: 89 min; rated R*
*The rating of R is reflective of 1953 film rating standards, but has been currently deemed appropriate for all ages by Motion Picture of America Association standards.
All films begin at sundown (approximately 8:00 p.m.)