Weekend Matinees at 11:30am

<cite>The Sky’s the Limit</cite>

Sat 2 Aug


Sun 3 Aug

The Sky’s the Limit

directed by Edward H. Griffith starring Fred Astaire, Joan Leslie, Robert Benchley (1943)

Fred Astaire is a highly decorated flying ace on leave in New York City and looking to have a good time out of uniform. While on furlough, he meets Joan Leslie, a magazine photographer, and sets out to win her heart. Trouble is, Joan’s a real patriot and sees uniformless Fred as a draft-dodging ne’er-do-well! A startlingly frank exploration of war-time realities, exemplified in Fred Astaire’s glass-smashing take on “One for My Baby.”

<cite>Silk Stockings</cite>

Sun 10 Aug

Silk Stockings

directed by Rouben Mamoulian starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Janis Paige (1957)

A musical remake of Ninotchka with Cyd Charisse as a cold Russian on a Parisian mission and Fred Astaire as the movie producer man-about-town who warms her up. Cole Porter’s fabulous score includes “All of Me” and “Stereophonic Sound,” a colorful number dedicated to the intoxicating effects of Hollywood’s latest cinematic innovations, giving Astaire a wide CinemaScope frame to dance within. NOT ON DVD!

<cite>Bye Bye Birdie</cite>

Sat 16 Aug


Sun 17 Aug

Bye Bye Birdie

directed by George Sidney starring Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Janet Leigh (1963)

The news that Conrad Birdie, a rock-n-roll idol, is to be drafted creates a national crisis among his teenaged worshipers and spells doom for Albert Peterson (Dick Van Dyke), an impoverished song writer who wrote the title song for a film Conrad had planned to make. In an effort to solve the dilemma, Albert’s secretary/sweetheart gets him to write a special farewell song for Conrad to sing to a fan on the Ed Sullivan show.

<cite>The Producers</cite>

Sat 23 Aug


Sun 24 Aug

The Producers

directed by Mel Brooks starring Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn (1967)

Low-rent Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) and his high-strung accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) discover that, with the help of a few gullible investors, they can make more money on a flop than on a hit. Armed with the worst show ever written – “Springtime For Hitler” – and an equally horrific cast, this double-dealing duo is banking on disaster. But when their sure-to-offend musical becomes a surprise smash hit, they find themselves in the middle of a Broadway blitzkrieg!

<cite>Cabaret</cite>

Sat 30 Aug


Sun 31 Aug

Cabaret

directed by Bob Fosse starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem (1972)

Bob Fosse’s superb realization of the tribulations of a nightclub entertainer in Weimar-era Berlin during the rise of the Nazi Party is by far one of the best musicals on screen. Liza Minnelli earned herself decades of admiration for her role as Sally Bowles, an American singer in Berlin who falls in love with bi-sexual Brian (Michael York). They both are seduced by playboy Maximilian von Heune who lavishes the members of the Kit Kat Club with gifts and favors.

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