OK, we’ll admit it. We’re goo goo for LA LA LAND. We made an earnest effort to snag the film for a run at the Belcourt—and even lined up this series of Oscar-nominated musicals to support it—but the stars did not quite align. Nonetheless, we don’t mind shilling for a film playing elsewhere, and this block of films is too juicy to pass up. As a means of culling down the better part of a decade’s filmic musical output, we’ve narrowed it down via a discerning quality that the movie of the hour displays in spades: an exacting command of the widescreen frame. Be it cinemascope, Ultra Panavision, or something between, the application of the widest formats possible to the ever-moving spectacle of the musical is a thing to behold. As such, we offer to you a hybrid Weekend Classics / Oscar Picks run of the great widescreen musicals.
Additionally, due to the often lengthy runtimes in tandem with a jam-packed schedule of new releases, please expect late morning showtimes only, and primarily in the resplendent confines of our 1925 Hall.
Sat-Sun, Jan 28-29
Barbra Streisand shines in her star turn as comedienne Fanny Brice, whose life until the mid-20s is dramatized in this highly successful 1968 film. Directed by William Wyler.
Sat-Sun, Feb 4-5
Transposing Bizet’s Carmen to World War II-era North Carolina, Otto Preminger’s film concerns a sultry factory worker (Dorothy Dandridge) who seduces a young soldier (Harry Belafonte) into an affair with tragic results.
Sat-Sun, Feb 11-12
A film star (James Mason) helps a young singer and actress (Judy Garland) find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral. Directed by George Cukor.
Sat-Sun, Feb 18-19
Hefty hoodlum "Fats" Murdock employs a has-been agent to transform his girlfriend into a singing star. But the more time he spends with her, the more smitten he becomes. Directed by Frank Tashlin.
Sat-Sun, Jan 7-8 at 11:30am
This classic, multiple Oscar-winning musical reimagines Romeo and Juliet in its story of star-crossed love blooming during a turf war between rival street gangs in '60s NYC.
Sat-Sun, Jan 14-15 at 11:15am
A misogynistic phonetics professor (Rex Harrison) agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl (Audrey Hepburn) and make her presentable in high society.
Sat-Sun, Jan 21-22 at 11:30am
Desperate for cash to arrange his next game, a New York gambler (Frank Sinatra) makes a sucker bet with a travelling high-roller (Marlon Brando): woo the leader of the local mission, or lose $1000.