FEBRUARY 21 - 22 -23
HOLLYWOOD CARTOON JAMBOREE
• Hosted by Animation Historian Jerry Beck •
Our winter animation festival runs the gamut of classic cartoon characters and animation superstars. From the silent era antics of Felix the Cat (who turns 100 this year!) to the early talkie masterpieces of Max Fleischer (Betty Boop and Popeye) and Walter Lantz (Oswald Rabbit), these are the delightful short subjects that entertained movie audiences of all ages at the movie houses each week. They don't make 'em like this anymore - and on the big screen, they will blow you away. Boop-oop-a-doop and vodee-oh-doh!
FEBRUARY 28-29, MARCH 1, 2020
ASTAIRE AND ROGERS FESTIVAL
• Join us for four great films from the iconic dancing duo of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. In all, they made ten films together. We salute them with four of their finest •
THE GAY DIVORCEE - Friday 8:15pm
At the depth of the Depression, this sort of film was all the rage - a fantasy of carefree opulence and ease, set in a world of floorshows, ocean liners and tuxedos. The wit is sharp and the mood flirtatious. Fred Astaire is as always the height of style and Ginger Rogers is gorgeous. Sure it's a bit silly, but this film is pure joy to watch.
TOP HAT - Saturday 2:30pm
One of our most requested films, Top Hat is a screwball comedy musical featuring America’s most enduring film partners -- Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers -- in their most successful and most popular film. With a score by Irving Berlin, Top Hat is great entertainment with humor, music, song and dance. You definitely don’t want to miss it!
SWING TIME - Saturday 8:15pm
If you only watch one Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers musical this should be the one. In addition to the spectacular dancing of Astaire and Rogers together, the brilliance of Jerome Kern truly stands out. The songs are amazing, including "Pick Yourself Up", "A Fine Romance", and "The Way You Look Tonight". Directed by George Stevens, when it comes to iconic Hollywood musicals, it doesn’t get much better than this!
CAREFREE - Sunday 2:30 pm
This musical screwball comedy unites our favorite song for the eighth time in what may be their most under-rated film. Rogers shines in her comedic role here. She's been funny before, but this time she’s in “dizzy-dame” mode. With music by Irving Berlin, the dance number are wonderful.
MARCH 6 - 7
THREE SMART GIRLS
1936 • Deanna Durbin •
• Directed by Henry Koster •
Join us for this 1936 musical comedy that launched Deanna Durbin’s career. This film launched an eight-year span of popular Deanna Durbin musicals and spawned two sequels. In this one, Durbin plays one of three sisters who travel to New York City to prevent their father from remarrying, in order to bring their divorced parents back together.
SUNDAY, MARCH 8
THIS IS THE TICKET!
with Janet Klein & Frederick Hodges
The enchanting and effervescent chanteuse Janet Klein and the captivating virtuosic pianist Frederick Hodges perform rare delicacies from British Pathe and Vitaphone film shorts, as well as spirited tunes from glamorous 1930s musicals. Janet and Frederick recently toured China, Taiwan and Japan together and had a grand time of it. This Los Angeles debut is a rare opportunity to see them together sharing archeological treasures and musical chemistry.
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MARCH 13 - 14 - 15
FOR ME AND MY GAL
1942 • Judy Garland, Gene Kelly •
For Me and My Gal is a movie about a song and dance team in the "good ol’ days of Vaudeville". Gene Kelly’s smashing screen debut alone makes this film a must see. But then there’s the chemistry he has with 20-year-old Judy Garland -- truly exceptional. This may be Garland’s most endearing role -- beautiful, sweet and vivacious.
MARCH 20 - 21 -22
LAUREL & HARDY FESTIVAL
• A Selection of their Finest Comedy Shorts •
Perhaps the most beloved comedy pair of all time, English actor Stan Laurel and American actor Oliver Hardy both already had solid film careers when they first appeared as a team in 1927. The rest is history. The iconic duo appeared together in 107 films, most of which were short comedies. Join us for a program of their classic shorts.
MARCH 27 - 28 - 29
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
1952 • Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds •
Quite possibly the best musical ever made, Singin’ in the Rain is beautiful; full of great tunes and loads of fun. It pokes fun at the early days of movies, with nuggets of Hollywood lore finding their way into the story. Spectacular Technicolor cinematography is boosted by colorful costumes and production design. A must for every movie fan.