|Can't Stop the Musicals
More Musical Classics in our Robert Wise Series: WEST
SIDE STORY, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, STAR! this month at the Aero!
Few genres demand the big screen treatment like the musical, and this month the
Cinematheque gives you the opportunity to see some of the greatest song-and-dance films
ever made the way they were meant to be seen. From a pair of hippie takes on the Bible (JESUS
CHRIST SUPERSTAR and GODSPELL) to Robert Wise classics and the 1980s favorites FOOTLOOSE
and GREASE, this series is a feast for the eyes and ears.
Friday, July 17 7:30 PM
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, 1973, Universal, 108
min. Dir. Norman Jewison. An endlessly entertaining, strange hybrid extravaganza,
as Hollywood and Flower Power sentiments collide courtesy of the Broadway smash hit,
revisiting the public life of Christ and his crucifixion. Adapted from Tim Rice and Andrew
Lloyd Webbers landmark rock-opera, and featuring such standout numbers as "I
Dont Know How to Love Him," "Whats the Buzz?" and "Heaven
on Their Minds," performed by an extremely talented cast including Ted Neeley
as Christ, Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene and the late Carl Anderson in a
standout role as Judas Iscariot. Trailer
GODSPELL: A MUSICAL BASED ON THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST.
MATTHEW, 1973, Sony Repertory, 103 min. The story of Jesus is transposed to the 1970s,
where a group of young hippie disciples sing and dance their way through New York City.
Director David Greene infuses his adaptation of the popular stage musical with
energy and joy, helped along by Stephen Schwartz's catchy score (including highlights like
"Day by Day").
Sunday, July 19 7:30 PM
DAMES, 1934, Warner Bros., 91 min. Dirs. Ray Enright &
Busby Berkeley. Joan Blondell, Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler star in this
Busby Berkeley extravaganza, which features terrific songs like "When You Were a
Smile on Your Mother's Lips and a Twinkle in Your Daddy's Eye" and the classic title
track. Best of all is "I Only Have Eyes for You," a hallucinatory musical number
in which Powell imagines that all of the women in New York have been transformed into Ruby
Keeler--one of the best examples ever of choreographer Berkeley's obsession with multiples
and symmetry. Trailer
GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935, 1935, Warner Bros., 95 min.
Dir. Busby Berkeley. Following the success of GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933, Warners and
director/choreographer/mad genius Busby Berkeley returned for this even more
fabulous concoction starring Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou and Gloria Stuart, featuring
some of the most jaw-droppingly lavish musical numbers ever conceived. Mrs. Prentiss
(Alice Brady) has her heart set on her daughter (Stuart) falling for a millionaire
snuffbox expert (Hugh Herbert), but she has eyes for a desk clerk (Powell) studying to be
a doctor. If youre a fan of Baz Luhrmanns MOULIN ROUGE, then dont miss
this surreal masterpiece of over-the-top choreography and art direction! 1936 Academy
Award nominee for Best Original Song "Lullaby of Broadway." Trailer
Friday, July 24 7:30 PM
GREASE, 1978, Paramount, 110 min. "Grease is the
word!" Pompadoured tough-guy John Travolta learns the meaning of true
love, 1950s style, from summertime sweetheart Olivia Newton-John who turns up
unexpectedly at Rydell High as the new girl in school when the Fall semester starts! The
fantastic supporting cast includes Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Eve Arden and Frankie
Avalon. A soundtrack of wall-to-wall hits ("Youre The One That I Want,"
"Hopelessly Devoted to You," "Look at Me, Im Sandra Dee,"
Greased Lightning") and plenty of dancing make director Randal Kleisers
GREASE an irresistible teen-dream of a movie musical. Trailer
Archival Print! FOOTLOOSE, 1984, Paramount, 107 min. Dir. Herbert Ross.
Hip city boy Ren (Kevin Bacon in his breakthrough performance) gets a heavy
dose of culture shock when he moves to a Midwestern town where dancing has been outlawed.
Ren immediately clashes with the local preacher (John Lithgow), and his mission to
bring rock and roll to the area gets more complicated when he falls for the preacher's
daughter (Lori Singer). Family melodrama mixes with infectious musical numbers
(including the title song by Kenny Loggins and "Let's Hear It For the Boy") to
create an 1980s classic. Trailer