|Just Between Frames Film Club Feature Film|
Event Type: Film Discussion Group|
Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Time: 4:30 PM
Considered by many film fans to be the best of the three films made that are based on Edna Ferber’s novel "Showboat" and Rogers & Hammerstein’s musical adaptation, this 1936 version stars Irene Dunne as Magnolia Hawks, Charles Winninger as showboat impresario Captain Andy, and Helen Morgan as the tragic Julie. All three were in the Broadway original playing these roles, giving viewers a rare chance to see them reprise their roles.
As one critic says “ [this version] is a seminal American musical, the first to explore serious themes (most notably racism) and to truly integrate song with story and character… Directed by Englishman James Whale (Frankenstein), it is probably the one that best captures the spirit its creators intended. First and foremost, it features Paul Robeson as Joe. His indelible rendition of "Ol' Man River," delivered strong, straight, and without bathos, is a stunningly powerful anthem about the plight of African Americans in the United States. (The song is set against a fascinating expressionist montage in 1930s social realist style.)"
A fitting beginning indeed for Just Between Frames’ first theme of the new year: The American Musical. Come see this gem and enjoy some popcorn while we discuss the film, and the American musical form.
Location: Meeting Room B
Contact: Patti Ruocco
Contact Number: 630-971-1675 x1503