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FILM SERIES

Working Class Musicals

 
 
Sep 2—Sep 8, 2022
 
   
 
 
 
 
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Economic woes transform into spectacular song and sweeping dance numbers in this series of musicals about working class heroes, coming to BAM this Labor Day weekend. A genre frequently associated with escapism and fantasy, these films from across the globe highlight the struggles, loves, and lives of the proletariat. From the French auto shop setting of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, to the labor action amongst the paperboys of Newsies, to a jazz musician’s struggle for Black liberation in Passing Through, they use the unique interplay of song, dance, and cinema to bring class-conscious stories front and center.


 
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The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg
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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
 

An umbrella merchant and a mechanic fall in love in this pop-art musical from Jacques Demy.

Fri, Sep 2, 2022
 
 
Golden Eighties
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Golden Eighties
 

Chantal Akerman's delightfully daring feminist musical set in a shopping mall.

Sat, Sep 3, 2022
 
 
Newsies
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Newsies
 

Newsboys go on strike in this Disney-fied look at labor relations in 1890s NYC.

Sat, Sep 3, 2022
 
 
Bells Are Ringing
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Bells are Ringing
 

Judy Holliday and Dean Martin fall in love in this eccentric musical comedy.

Sat, Sep 3, 2022
 
 
West Side Story
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West Side Story (2021)
 

Steven Spielberg crafts a brilliant new vision of this beloved American musical.

Sun, Sep 4, 2022
 
 
West Side Story
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West Side Story (1961)
 

New York’s Upper West Side is a battleground for two warring gangs in this beloved musical.

Sun, Sep 4, 2022
 
 
Starstruck
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Starstruck
 

Two Australian teens ditch their family’s failing business to chase punk-rock fame.

Mon, Sep 5, 2022
 
 
Passing Through
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Passing Through
 

An exhilarating lost classic and one of the all-time great jazz films.

Mon, Sep 5, 2022
 
 
Latido
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Lina from Lima
 

A Peruvian domestic worker dreams up extravagant musical fantasies in this heartfelt gem.

Mon, Sep 5, 2022
 
 
Commitments
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The Commitments
 

Nine working-class Irish kids strive to become soul singers in this 90s cult classic.

Tue, Sep 6, 2022
 
 
42Ndstreet
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42nd Street
 

Busby Berkeley’s dance sequences mix with economic woes in this Depression-era classic.

Wed, Sep 7, 2022
 
 
Pyaasa
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Pyaasa
 

Guru Dutt’s Hindi musical about a politically-minded poet is a highlight of Indian cinema.

Thu, Sep 8, 2022