Tootsie or Norma Desmond - I can't choose!

Tuesday night is the finale of this years Chicago Outdoor Film Festival which kicked off earlier this summer and thrilled hundreds of thousands of viewers to movies like Sunset Boulevard, the Groucho Marx classic Duck Soup and scared everyone with Psycho.

During the same time as the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival, the Chicago Park District has been holding screenings of movies in local parks - everything from new classics like Mama Mia to cartoons for the kids like Kung Fu Panda.

But now I've got to make a difficult choice, do I pick Tootsie or do I pick Norma Desmond?

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For the finale of the Outdoor Film Festival, you can catch a screening of Tootsie, the 1982 hair-brained comedy where Dustin Hoffman has to take on the personality of a woman in order to get a job - and keep it for a high profile soap opera.  The show will start at 8:05 in Grant Park.

But I have a dilemma - Sunset Boulevard starring the incomparable Gloria Swanson as the silent movie star Norma Desmond in the 1952 Billy Wilder classic is showing at Hollywood Beach as part of the Chicago Park Districts "Movies in the Park." The show will start at Hollywood Beach at 8:05

I don't knokw which to pick?  I love Dustin Hoffman, but I'm embarrassed to say that Tootsie is the only movie on my iPod.  At the same time though, I do love me some Norma Desmond.  You don't know how many times I have shouted at a passing El Train "It's the pictures that got small" and almost everyday I scream "MAAAAAAXXXXXX!" which really freaks people out.

So I don't know which one I'm going to pick?  Of course I can watch either one whenever I want, but it's just not the same as watching it on a big outdoor screen.

Here's a great clip from the Carol Burnett Show where she parodies the great Norma Desmond:

 

Which would you choose?  Did you go to any of the films during this years Outdoor Film Festival?  Which ones did you enjoy the most?

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