Not Breaking the Code....

(July 2001)

  • The United States Congress is awarding the Congressional Gold Medal at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington D.C. on July 26th to 29 Navajo code talkers who developed an unbreakable military code that helped the U.S. to victory in World War II. MGM will be hosting the reception for this event at the Library of Congress and announcing 20th Century Fox's release of John Woo's upcoming action epic "The Windtalkers". This film tells the story of Navajo marines that created the only code never to be broken by the Japanese during the war. Having been kept classified until 1968 because of its potential use in future combat, the code talkers' accomplishments have gone largely unheralded and the story of their involvement has remained a chapter of history veiled in secrecy. The film, which stars Nicholas Cage and Christian Slater, is scheduled to open on November 9th, the Friday before Veteran's Day. (Seems to be a trend. Buena Vista's "Pearl Harbor" was released on Memorial Day Weekend.)

  • The Nederlands Film Museum has begun its annual summer open-air screenings in the Vondelpark. Every Thursday evening for ten weeks at 10 PM a different film will be screened at no charge. On offer this year are such delights as "Velvet Goldmine" and "The Third Man." More info available at: www.nfm.nl.

  • Bollywood Goes Dutch. The new Passenger's Terminal located on the IJsselmeer in Amsterdam's harbor is playing host throughout July to 12 Indian and 12 Dutch artists who were invited to live in each other's country and render their experiences in video, painting, installations, photography and drawings. Open at various times, the exhibition is at the Oostelijke Handelskade 7 until August 1st.

  • On Thursday night, July 12th the premiere of the Latin jazz film "Calle 54" will take place on the beach at Scheveningen in Holland. This screening will mark the conclusion of the two day Hague Jazz Convention, an event which annually precedes the internationally famous North Sea Jazz Festival. Following the film, the evening will continue with a Jazz Beach Party Jam featuring located near the Jellyfish Beach Bar. Further info available at: www.thjc.nl.

© 1994-2006 The Green Hartnett