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Weekend Classics / Oscar Picks: Widescreen Musicals

Weekend Classics / Oscar Picks: Widescreen Musicals

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.


Upcoming Screenings

FUNNY GIRL

FUNNY GIRL

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.

CARMEN JONES

CARMEN JONES

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.

A STAR IS BORN

A STAR IS BORN

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.

THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT

THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT

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.


Completed Screenings

WEST SIDE STORY

WEST SIDE STORY

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.

MY FAIR LADY

MY FAIR LADY

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.

GUYS AND DOLLS

GUYS AND DOLLS

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.

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