Charlie Chaplin’s silent classic The Kid (1921) screens at Bell Manor Park on August 22nd to wrap up Toronto Outdoor Picture Show’s summer-long Dynamic Duos series at parks across the city. In The Kid, Chaplin’s iconic Tramp character takes an abandoned baby under his wing, and The Kid becomes his partner in crime as he grows up. Alongside The Kid at this screening are two short films that highlight the benefits and challenges of broken communication and silent exchanges, Winnifred Jong’s short film MILK (returning to the TOPS screen for the second year in a row) and Squeaky Shoe, directed by Richard B. Pierre. MILK depicts a miscommunication during a phone call between a grandmother and granddaughter. Squeaky Shoe follows a man who sets out to fix his one squeaky shoe before discovering that two squeaks are better than one.
An updated take on the 1940s screwball comedy, Nora Ephron’s classic rom-com You’ve Got Mail screens August 15th at Bell Manor Park as part of Toronto Outdoor Picture Show’s summer-long Dynamic Duos series. You’ve Got Mail depicts the relationship between Kathleen (Meg Ryan), the owner of an independent bookstore, and Frank (Tom Hanks), the executive of a big bookstore chain that aims to put Kathleen’s store out of business. The two make enemies of each other as soon as they first meet, but unbeknownst to either of them, they are online pen pals - who are beginning to fall for each other. Paired with You’ve Got Mail is the animated short Typesetter Blues, directed by Pazit Cahlon and Hector Herrera. Featuring narration by Gordon Pinsent, the short portrays the unrequited love story between two cartoon monsters who work together as typesetters.