I Love Melvin + The Adventures of Hajji Baba

Curator's Choice
Tue, Jul 22, 2014
  • 4:30PM
  • 8:15PM
Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
MEMBERS: $9 (Movie Moguls free)
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July 2014
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Tuesday July 22, 2014
Performances no longer available.
Part of BAMcinématek 2014 series Overdue
Directed by Don Weis

Critics Nick Pinkerton (Artforum) and Nicolas Rapold (The New York Times) introduce journeyman auteur Don Weis in this double feature of his film work: two movies for the price of one!

Please note that the showtimes for Overdue listed in the Jun—Jul 2014 BAMcinématek calendar have been revised.


I Love Melvin (1953)

With Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
Run time: 77min


A rarely screened MGM B-delight, Don Weis’s short and sweet New York musical re-teams the ever-buoyant Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor after Singin’ in the Rain. She’s chorus girl Judy LeRoy (née Schneider)—currently starring as The Football in a gridiron stage-show—and he’s struggling photographer Melvin Hoover, attempting to woo her through Look magazine shoots. Featuring Technicolor visuals, a chase through Central Park, and rib-tickling supporting work, including Judy’s deadpan-genius kid sister, and Jim Backus as Melvin’s cynical boss. HDCAM. Co-presented by Warner Archive Collection.


The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954)

With John Derek, Elaine Stewart, Thomas Gomez
Run time: 94min


A favorite of the MacMahonist critics of Paris, Don Weis’s frou-frou Orientalist spree is an Ali Baba treasure trove of 1950s CinemaScope excess and throbbing teen-movie sensuality. In a case of mistaken identities, lowly barber Hajji Baba (Derek) finds himself escorting Princess Fawzia (Stewart) across the desert, and together they embark on a journey fraught with dancing girls, Caliphate guards, and the crooning of Nat King Cole. New DCP restoration.

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