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Film Series

That’s Entertainment!: MGM Musicals Part II

 
 
Nov 18—Dec 8, 2016
 
   
 
 
 
 
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No studio did musicals better than MGM: theirs were bigger, splashier, more tuneful, and more innovative than any others. This second in a two-part series charts the evolution of the MGM musical from its heyday in the 1950s—when producer Arthur Freed, directors Vincente Minnelli and Stanley Donen, and star-choreographers Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire pushed the form to new expressive heights—through the 1960s, as changing tastes seemed to signal its decline, to the 1970s and ‘80s, when the genre was revitalized by filmmakers with a fresh, postmodern approach.


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PAST EVENTS
Film
An American in Paris
 

Vincente Minnelli’s beloved Technicolor classic starring Gene Kelly.

Nov 18—Nov 20, 2016
 
 
Film
Royal Wedding
 

Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling in Stanley Donen’s sparkling, London-set romance.

Sat, Nov 19, 2016
 
 
Film
Brigadoon
 

Gene Kelly stars in Vincente Minnelli’s poignant adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe hit.

Sun, Nov 20, 2016
 
 
Film
Summer Stock
 

Judy Garland performs the iconic “Get Happy” number in her last MGM film.

Mon, Nov 21, 2016
 
 
Film
I Love Melvin
 

This rarely screened B-delight re-teams the ever-buoyant Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor.

Tue, Nov 22, 2016
 
 
Film
The Affairs of Dobie Gillis
 

It’s Ferris Bueller for the ‘50s in this blast-from-the-atomic-age-past campus comedy.

Tue, Nov 22, 2016
 
 
Film
Bells Are Ringing
 

The great Judy Holliday stars as a meddling telephone operator in this offbeat charmer.

Wed, Nov 23, 2016
 
 
Film
Singin’ in the Rain
 

The legendary movie musical starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor.

Nov 24—Nov 26, 2016
 
 
Film
Kiss Me Kate
 

This zingy backstage farce boasts Cole Porter tunes and the dancing of a young Bob Fosse.

Fri, Nov 25, 2016
 
 
Film
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
 

This frontier foot-stomper features some of the most thrilling dancing ever filmed.

Sat, Nov 26, 2016
 
 
Film
Gigi
 

Vincente Minnelli’s Oscar-winning musical explores romance in turn-of-the-century Paris.

Sun, Nov 27, 2016
 
 
Film
High Society
 

The Philadelphia Story gets a high-gloss, Technicolor musical makeover.

Nov 27—Nov 28, 2016
 
 
Film
The Belle of New York
 

Fred Astaire dances on air in this fantastical Freed Unit confection.

Mon, Nov 28, 2016
 
 
Film
Invitation to the Dance
 

Gene Kelly’s artily ambitious passion project tells three stories entirely through dance.

Tue, Nov 29, 2016
 
 
Film
Silk Stockings
 

Lubitsch’s classic Ninotchka gets a tune-up courtesy of Fred Astaire and Cole Porter.

Wed, Nov 30, 2016
 
 
Film
It’s Always Fair Weather
 

Gene Kelly combines sensational musical numbers with a surprisingly cynical edge.

Thu, Dec 1, 2016
 
 
Film
The Band Wagon
 

This musical masterpiece bursts with show-stopping production numbers.

Dec 2—Dec 3, 2016
 
 
Film
The Boy Friend
 

Renegade auteur Ken Russell crafts a delirious homage to the musicals of the 1930s.

Sat, Dec 3, 2016
 
 
Film
Pennies From Heaven
 

The Golden Age musical gets an emotionally shattering, postmodern deconstruction.

Sun, Dec 4, 2016
 
 
Film
Victor/Victoria
 

Blake Edwards’ brilliant boudoir farce boasts sparkling dialogue and Henry Mancini music.

Sun, Dec 4, 2016
 
 
Film
Goodbye Mr. Chips
 

Peter O’Toole stars in this deluxe-budget, unabashedly sweet musical romance.

Wed, Dec 7, 2016
 
 
Film
That's Entertainment! III
 

This behind-the-scenes look at MGM’s dream factory is a musical fan’s treasure trove.

Thu, Dec 8, 2016
 
 
Film
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
 

An Oscar-nominated Debbie Reynolds lights up this song and dance spectacular.

Thu, Dec 8, 2016