The scene at Monday's Screen on the Green was fantastic with the picture-perfect sunset, purple skies, scattered lightening and the slightest amount of rain to cool down the night. Everything for the making of a perfect night until utter confusion spread throughout the crowd.
Halfway through the 1977 film, "The Goodbye Girl," a woman got on the loudspeaker to announce that the film had been sequentially completely out of order....wait, come again? Full disclosure: I wouldn't consider myself a classic film aficionado, but surely I would know if a movie I was watching was spliced totally wrong. Or so I thought. However it wasn't just me who was totally confused; as I looked around the crowd everyone was totally dumbfounded. Then the powers that started to play a scene we had just previewed twenty minutes earlier. Oh, duh.
But despite the mix up you can be sure I will be back at Screen on the Green next Monday for "12 Angry Men," because a free (yes please!) outdoor film series showing on the National Mall is still one of this city's treasures too good to pass up, chronological slip ups or not.
[photos by Paul Morigi via]