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Film Series

That’s Entertainment!: MGM Musicals Part I

 
 
Aug 26—Sep 21, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
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No studio did musicals better than MGM: theirs were bigger, splashier, more tuneful, and more innovative than any others. During Hollywood’s Golden Age, the MGM lot was home to a staggering array of talent: legendary producer (and lyricist) Arthur Freed; the writing duo of Betty Comden and Adolph Green; songwriter and arranger Roger Edens; stars like Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, and Fred Astaire; and visionary directors like Vincente Minnelli and Stanley Donen. Their work represents the Dream Factory at its dreamiest and the apotheosis of this quintessentially American art form.


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PAST EVENTS
Film
The Wizard of Oz
 

MGM’s wondrous musical fantasy remains a pinnacle of studio-era craftsmanship.

Aug 26—Aug 28, 2016
 
 
Film
Born to Dance
 

Tap-dancing sensation Eleanor Powell displays superhuman hoofing in this tuneful romance.

Mon, Aug 29, 2016
 
 
Film
Madam Satan
 

DeMille’s outré Pre-Code whatzit is one of the most unclassifiable films of the 1930s.

Tue, Aug 30, 2016
 
 
Film
The Merry Widow
 

The famed “Lubitsch touch” is on full display in this elegantly naughty Pre-Code operetta.

Wed, Aug 31, 2016
 
 
Film
Meet Me in St. Louis
 

Judy Garland stars in Minnelli’s sublime evocation of early 20th-century America.

Sep 2—Sep 4, 2016
 
 
Film
Babes in Toyland (March of the Wooden Soldiers)
 

Laurel and Hardy run wild in this classic adaptation of Victor Herbert’s operetta.

Sun, Sep 4, 2016
 
 
Film
Strike Up the Band
 

Dynamic duo Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland propel this let’s-put-on-a-show charmer.

Mon, Sep 5, 2016
 
 
Film
Take Me Out To The Ball Game
 

Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra are baseball-playing vaudevillians in this zippy farce.

Mon, Sep 5, 2016
 
 
Film
Yolanda and the Thief
 

The MGM musical meets Dali in Vincente Minnelli’s outlandish surrealist fantasy.

Tue, Sep 6, 2016
 
 
Film
Cabin in the Sky
 

A who’s-who of legendary black entertainers star in Minnelli’s Faustian fantasy.

Sep 9—Sep 10, 2016
 
 
Film
Hallelujah
 

This melodrama was the first Hollywood film to star a cast of all black performers.

Fri, Sep 9, 2016
 
 
Film
On the Town
 

Three sailors on 24 hours leave see the Big Apple in this all-time classic.

Sep 11—Sep 12, 2016
 
 
Film
Summer Holiday
 

Mickey Rooney stars in this rosily nostalgic slice of Americana.

Tue, Sep 13, 2016
 
 
Film
The Barkleys of Broadway
 

The legendary Astaire-Rogers team reunited for one last time in this backstage comedy.

Wed, Sep 14, 2016
 
 
Film
The Pirate
 

Judy Garland and Gene Kelly star in Vincente Minnelli’s dazzling celebration of artifice.

Sep 16—Sep 17, 2016
 
 
Film
Easter Parade
 

Judy Garland and Fred Astaire sing Irving Berlin in one of the Freed Unit’s finest.

Sun, Sep 18, 2016
 
 
Film
In The Good Old Summer Time
 

Judy Garland’s star power carries this musical remake of The Shop Around the Corner.

Mon, Sep 19, 2016
 
 
Film
Anchors Aweigh
 

Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra are sailors living it up on leave in Hollywood.

Tue, Sep 20, 2016
Curator's Choice
 
 
Film
Ziegfeld Follies
 

MGM’s galaxy of stars light up this surreally stylized, Technicolor revue.

Wed, Sep 21, 2016