Tallgrass Film Association returns next Thursday with its Cinema Alfresco offerings — nine movies shown under the stars between May 27 and July 29 at The Brickyard, 129 N. Rock Island.
This season's theme is "Films on the Fringe," focusing on flapper-era dramas. The movies are free and open to the public. Each begins at 8 p.m.
Here's the lineup:
May 27 —"Chicago" (2002). Murderesses Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) get help from a greasy lawyer (Richard Gere) as they fight to escape the gallows in 1920s Chicago.
June 3 —"Splendor in the Grass" (1961). Two Kansas high school sweethearts (Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty) growing up in the late 1920s fall victim to the pressures of sex and society.
June 10 —"Cabaret" (1972). Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli), a cabaret dancer who works at the downtown Berlin Kit-Kat club, is seduced by the culture, luxury and a man named Max.
June 17 —"Johnny Dangerously" (1984). A goodhearted man (Michael Keaton) is forced to turn to a life of crime and become a gangster in order to finance his mother's skyrocketing medical bills.
June 24 —"Idlewild" (2006). In Prohibition-era South, a speakeasy manager contends with gangsters who have their eyes on his club.
July 1 —"Scarface" (1932). The precursor to Brian DePalma's "Scarface," this classic film chronicles the rise and fall of gangster Tony Camonte (Paul Muni).
July 15 —"Sunset Boulevard" (1950). A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into obscurity.
July 22 —"Some Like It Hot" (1959). Two struggling musicians (Jack Lemon and Tony Curtis) witness a hit and flee disguised as women in an all-female band.
July 29 —"The Sting" (1973). In 1930s Chicago, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.