By Marissa Willman

Looking for a way to stay cool this summer? Then join the Palm Springs Art Museum on Thursday nights for free film screenings of handpicked foreign films and classic comedies each week through September.
The Palm Springs Art Museum will screen ten foreign films this summer as part of the museum’s free 2012 Global Lens series, followed by screenings of five class comedies in conjunction with the Palm Springs International Film Society. This is the fourth year the museum will host the Global Lens series and its second collaboration for the Classic Comedy series.
The Global Lens series, organized by the Global Film Initiative, was designed to showcase films by young and upcoming directors from countries not typically associated with filmmaking. The 2012 Global Lens series kicked off last week with a screening of the Albanian film “Amnesty” and will continue through August 2nd with films from countries including Columbia, Brazil, Iran, Rwanda and Morocco.
The foreign film series will be followed by the Classic Comedies series, which starts on August 9th and features such classics as Leo McCarey’s “Duck Soup,” starring Groucho Marx, Frank Capra’s “Arsenic and Old Lace” starring former Palm Springs resident Cary Grant, and Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall,” starring the award-winning director opposite Diane Keaton.
Films will be screened each Thursday at 6 p.m. through September 6th at the museum’s Annenberg Museum. While the screenings are free, seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Museum admission is also free on Thursdays between 4-8 p.m.
To learn more about the Palm Springs Art Museum’s summer film series, visit

Global Lens Series

June 7th: “Craft” Brazil

June 14th: “Fat, Bald, Short Man” Columbia

June 21st: “The Finger” Argentina

June 28th: “Grey Matter” Rwanda

July 5th: “Mourning” Iran

July 12th: “Pegasus” Morocco

July 19th: “The Prize” Argentina

July 26th: “Qarantina” Iraq

August 2nd: “Toll Booth” Turkey

Classic Comedy Series

August 9th: “Duck Soup” 1933

August 16th: “Arsenic and Old Lace” 1944

August 23rd: “The Ladykillers” 1955

August 30th: “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” 1964

September 6th: “Annie Hall” 1977

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