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42nd Street (1933): An Art Deco Film Night
with Special Host Dal Richards
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 | 6:45pm to 9:45pm
Location: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street (at Davie)
Admission: $10.00; VIFC Membership $2.00
(Introduction by Dal Richards; Film screening followed by a no-host bar social in the lobby)
Heritage Vancouver and the Vancity Theatre are pleased to launch our first ever Art Deco Film Night. Take a walk back in time with Vancouver’s own Dal Richards to 1933 when “42nd Street” hit Vancouver theatres. Discover the impact this film had on Dal personally, and on Vancouver’s music and theatre scene.
After the 35mm film print screening, plan to mix and mingle, chat about the movie and enjoy a no-host bar.
A smash hit for Warner Bros in 1933, “42nd Street” revitalized the popularity of the backstage musical just as the entire movie business seemed to be flagging. Mixing hardboiled Depression cynicism and Broadway glamour, the film introduced tap dancer Ruby Keeler (Mrs. Al Jolson) as a lowly chorine promoted to the lead role on opening night, giving rise to the legendary line, “Sawyer, you’re going out a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star.”
Also featuring the fresh-faced Dick Powell, and Ginger Rogers as “Anytime Annie”, the film celebrates innocence but revels in innuendo. Its secret ingredient is dance director Busby Berkeley, whose inspired and frankly risqué routines for songs like “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and “Young and Healthy” transformed the way that musicals were shot.
“Naughty, bawdy, gaudy, sporty, 42nd Street is a prime chunk of fantasy real-estate — not just a movie, but a novel, a song, a play, an act, an attitude, a dream, a racket, a rhythm, a way of life.” — J Hoberman, BFI Modern Classics: 42nd Street
Director: Lloyd Bacon;
USA 1933; 89 mins
Starring: Dick Powell, Bebe Daniels, Warner Baxter, Ruby Keeler, George Brent, Guy Kibbee and Ginger Rogers.
Tickets (via our partner, Vancity Theatre):
Vancity Theatre On-line: > Vancity Theatre ticket link
Vancity Theatre Box Office: See www.vifc.org
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Thursday, March 18, 2010 | 6:45pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, April 17, 2010 | 1pm to 5pm
Thursday, April 22, 2010 | 5:30pm to 8:30pm
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