Eugene/Springfield–Musicals have long been a staple of Hollywood entertainment. From the very first talkies, movies have featured song and dance, and not only did we first hear many of our most fondly-remembered songs in movies, but many cinematic dance moments are firmly fixed in our collective pop culture memories, like Gene Kelly dancing in the rain or dancing through the streets of Paris.
The story of Hollywood musicals also is the story of an evolving art form, from big Busby Berkeley production numbers, to sometimes contrived plots –often in a show-business setting – that gave song and dance men and women like Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, and Bing Crosby a chance to entertain their audiences, to the cinematic versions of beloved Broadway musicals with popular singers who easily made the transition from stage to screen like Howard Keeler and Barbra Streisand.
Beginning May 8, 2017, join us and your fellow film-lovers to explore this developmental arc and once again enjoy the memorable songs and the dance of Hollywood musicals, as OLLI’s Film Series Program presents “With a Song in My Heart”, 12 gems from Hollywood’s musical archives in chronological order. Following is the schedule of films and dates (on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, except for academic holidays, at 1:30 p.m. at the UO Baker Downtown Center).
05/08/17 Gold Diggers of 1933, (1933) 1 hr. 40 min.
05/22/17 Top Hat, (1935) 1 hr. 41 min.
06/12/17 Easter Parade, (1948) 1 hr. 47 min.
06/26/17 An American in Paris, (1951) 1 hr. 53 min.
07/10/17 Singing In the Rain, (1952)1 hr. 43 min.
07/24/17 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, (1954) 1 hr. 42 min.
08/14/17 The King and I, (1956) 2 hr. 13 min.
09/11/17 Funny Face, (1957) 1 hr. 43 min.
09/25/17 West Side Story, (1961) 2 hr. 54 min.
10/09/17 My Fair Lady, (1964) 2 hr. 50 min.
10/23/17 Funny Girl, (1968) 2 hr. 31 min.
11/13/17 All That Jazz, (1979) 2 hr. 3 min.
Note that three of these movies, “West Side Story”, “My Fair Lady”, and “Funny Girl” are quite long – nearly three hours. We will include an intermission for these films.
See you at the movies!