Every summer, PS 21 in Chatham hosts a wide-ranging film series, screening everything from gritty indie documentaries to glossy Hollywood musicals. That’s true this summer, too, but this week they’re having a festival within a festival with Great Rides, a six-film series of movies set on and about trains.
The fun begins Tuesday (July 28) at 8:30 PM with Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Strangers on a Train, in which a suave psychotic (Robert Walker, right) tries to persuade a tennis player with marital problems (Farley Granger, left) to swap murders in the “perfect” scheme. It’s a delicious mix of terror and deadpan comedy.
Then on Wednesday (July 29) at 8:30 PM, Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito star in Throw Momma From the Train, a popular riff on Hitchcock’s classic that’s stolen by Academy Award-nominated Anne Ramsey as the titular “momma.”
The series continues July 30 (8:30 PM) with the stylish mystery Murder on the Orient Express; July 31 (8:30 PM) with Buster Keaton’s The General; Aug. 1 (8:30 PM) with Jean Renoir’s La Bete Humaine; and wraps up Aug. 2 (8:30 PM) with the 2008 thriller Transsiberian.
Great Rides Film Festival will be screened under the tent at PS 21 (2980 Route 66, Chatham). Admission is free. For info, call 392-6121.