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Hamptons Film Drive-In's Last Picture Show

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 21:17
"Made You Look" is about the forgery scam that brought the Knoedler Gallery down along with its director. It will be screened on Friday, July 31.

Hamptons Film Drive-In at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton will screen its last week of movies next week, beginning Monday with a remake of "The Parent Trap," then the original "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" on Wednesday, and a brand-new SummerDoc, "Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art," on Friday, July 31.

Directed by Barry Avrich, "Made You Look" is about the scam that brought the Knoedler Gallery down, along with its director, Ann Freedman. She and others in the film relate how for years Glafira Rosales, with Pei-Shen Quan, an artist and forger, deceived Ms. Freedman and other dealers, collectors, and experts in the art world with paintings allegedly by Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. Although it covers serious business with major financial consequences, the film has a light touch, and the art world subjects are often played for laughs.

The screening will be followed by a virtual discussion with the director hosted by Alec Baldwin and David Nugent, the festival's artistic director. The film was seen on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in April as part of the Hot Docs festival's streaming of what would have otherwise been shown in a theater in non-Covid times. It will be released in the United States later this year.

One reviewer bemoaned that the streamed version left him imagining "how it would play in a theatre with collective gasps and guffaws from the audience." The drive-in experience should help feed that longing for community.

Nancy Meyers directed the 1998 reboot of "The Parent Trap," a 1961 movie about twins separated at birth who plot to reunite their divorced parents. Lindsay Lohan plays the twins, and Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson are the parents.

In 1971's "Willy Wonka," directed by Mel Stuart and based on a 1964 Roald Dahl novel, Gene Wilder has the titular role. He is joined by Peter Ostrum, Julie Dawn Cole, Denise Nickerson, Paris Themmen, and Michael Bollner in relating a story of a poor and unspoiled boy who finds a golden ticket to a magical world.

All films are $50 per carload. Tickets can be purchased through the Hamptons Film website. Regulations, which are posted on the website, should be read before purchasing, as there are no refunds allowed. The festival has also partnered with Resy to reserve takeout packages through local restaurants to enjoy while watching the films. Orders can be made through the Resy app.


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