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The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s sixth annual "Movies with a View" series in Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, which kicks off on July 7, will screen movies involving water in honor of the magnificent waterfront that serves as the series’ backdrop.

The goal of the conservancy’s selection committee this year was to include films of different genres from different time periods that will appeal to different audiences, explained conservancy spokeswoman Virginia Terry. (The series’ past themes have included Brooklyn leading men, Brooklyn leading women and films with Brooklyn content.)

This summer’s screenings beside the Brooklyn Bridge overpass include eight classics: the last Bogie and Bacall movie, John Huston’s "Key Largo" (July 7); the first surfer chick movie, "Gidget" (1959), starring Sandra Dee (July 14); 1988’s wacky comedy "A Fish Called Wanda," starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline (July 21); the first James Bond movie, "Dr No" (1962), which stars Sean Connery and Ursula Andress [pictured] (July 28); 1990’s coming-of-age family film, "Mermaids," starring Cher (Aug. 4); and Roman Polanski’s 1974 neo-noir, "Chinatown," starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and Huston (Aug. 11). (The films for the Aug. 18 and Aug. 25 screenings have not yet been announced.)

All movies start at sunset and are preceded by an award-winning short from a New York City filmmaker. But this year, the conservancy has planned something new: starting at 6 pm, the DUMBO record shop Halcyon will bring a DJ team to the park to play music related to the evening’s featured film.

The conservancy will once again be selling fresh-popped popcorn and renting lawn chairs. Valet bicycle-parking will be available and dinners offered for sale.

Enjoy your nautical nights in Brooklyn!

Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park can be accessed from Water Street at Dock Street. In case of rain, call (718) 802-0603 to confirm screening. For more information visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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