See five award-winning films by the brilliant producer/writer/director Billy Wilder FREE in January, at the NYPL Mid-Manhattan Branch. There’s a different Billy Wilder gem, including Sunset Boulevard, each Sunday at 2pm. Here’s the schedule:
Jan. 3: The Major and the Minor, 1942, starring Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland. Plot: A woman disguises herself as a young girl and winds up in a military academy
Jan 10: Sunset Boulevard, 1950, the dark drama starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson in her iconic role. Plot: A failed screenwriter falls into a dysfunctional relationship with a faded silent-film star. Yes, we all want to be ready for our close-up.
Jan. 17: Ace in the Hole, 1951, starring Kirk Douglas. Plot: A small-town reporter milks a local disaster to get into the big time. Some things never change.
Jan 24: Kiss Me, Stupid, 1964, starring Dean Martin, Kim Novak and Ray Walston. Plot: A small-town songwriter tries to sell his work to a star performer.
Jan 31: The Fortune Cookie, 1965, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, the original Odd Couple.. Plot: A crooked lawyer cooks up an insurance case for a cameraman injured at a pro football game.
There are no tickets or reserved seats, so be sure to get there by 1:30pm to get a seat.
The NYPL Mid-Manhattan Library is across Fifth Avenue from the main branch guarded by those two stone lions.