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When is music more than soundtrack?

This 10-week series explores not only musicals but movies that incorporate the score as a vital narrative device.

Musical Commentary

  • Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), Mervyn Leroy, Dir.
    This Depression-era Broadway musical with lavish Busby Berkeley choreography stars Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell and Ginger Rogers.
  • Show Boat (1936), James Whale, Dir.
    On a Mississippi showboat, race is addressed with music and melodrama in this Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein adaptation. With Irene Dunne, Helen Morgan and Paul Robeson.
  • Cabaret (1972), Bob Fosse, Dir.
    Winner of eight Academy Awards, with Liza Minnelli as a performer in the seedy Kit-Kat Klub of pre-World War II Berlin and Joel Grey, as the MC who satirizes the Nazis.
  • Shut Up & Sing (2006), Barbara Kopple, Dir.
    A documentary that travels with the Dixie Chicks, the darlings of country music, from their peak of popularity to vilification for speaking out against the Iraq War.

Acoustic Shadows

  • Unfaithfully Yours (1948), Preston Sturges, Dir.
    While conducting his orchestra, Rex Harrison imagines how to deal with his wife’s infidelity: each piece of music engenders a different version of a crime. With Linda Darnell.
  • Shine (1996), Scott Hicks, Dir.
    In a vivid Oscar-winning performance, Geoffrey Rush plays the brilliant pianist David Helfgott. Co-starring Armin Mueller-Stahl and Lynn Redgrave.

On the Musical Road

  • The Mambo Kings (1992), Arnie Glimcher, Dir.
    Colorful adaptation of Oscar Hijuelos’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about two brothers who leave Cuba for the US to establish their own band. Starring Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas.
  • The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Steve Kloves, Dir.
    Real-life brothers Jeff and Beau Bridges play club musicians whose partnership is threatened by the addition of a sexy singer (Michelle Pfeiffer).

Recovered Notes

  • Walk the Line (2005), James Mangold, Dir.
    Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon shine as Johnny Cash and June Carter in this story chronicling their lives, marriage and music.
  • Postcards from the Edge (1990), Mike Nichols, Dir.
    Adaptation of Carrie Fisher’s novel about a young woman’s struggle with addiction and pursuit of a career, in the shadow of her famous showbiz mother. Starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.

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Brief Bio

Mark Ethan, a member of the Actors Studio, has appeared in films including The Secret Lives of Dentists, The Confession and Lesser Prophets. He has been presenting the Film Series at the Queens Museum of Art since 1998, and a variety of cinema classes for 92Y since 2003.

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Individuals who have participated in 92nd Street Y programs over the past year in selected program areas, participants in certain memberships, and those who have made contributions of $500 or more to 92Y, are eligible to register for programs before they become available to the general public.

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Patrons that qualify for Priority Registration will receive packets in the mail explaining how to purchase online. Priority registration is normally mailed 2-3 weeks before a catalog is available. Registration information includes your Patron ID#. You can use this ID# to setup your login information online. This will allow you to register early for a course or event. Please note: if you receive a packet, you are only eligible to priority register for the programs covered in your packet.

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