Share your Movie Musical Memories — and win!
Singin’ in the Rain · Grease · Top Hat · The King and I · Rocky Horror · Purple Rain · Viva Las Vegas · Cabaret · Ziegfeld Follies · Purple Rain · Meet Me In Saint Louis · Oliver · Swing Time · The Gang’s All Here · Love Me or Leave Me · Pal Joey · On the Town · Tommy
“What a glorious feelin’…”
“Let’s do the time warp again…”
“Life is a cabaret…”
They’re the kind of songs that get stuck in your head, and they’re movies that probably conjure up great memories.
I know they do for me. My sophomore year in college, I had survived a fairly dry film appreciation class, when, on the very last day, my teacher decides to show Singin’ in the Rain as a kind of pre-summer break treat. What a revelation! During the “You Were Meant for Me” number in which Gene Kelly can’t serenade his beloved without lighting effects and a wind machine, I was riveted. What a high level commentary on the artifice of filmmaking! It seemed instantly more illuminating that all of the obscure, experimental and self-referential works that had preceded it.
And, as I wandered the halls of The Film Society, lots of people wanted to share their “musical memories.” Our graphic designer Karen Weeks shared this: “First time I went to Rocky Horror I was in college and my friends dressed me up as Rocky Horror virgin in lots of pink. All the virgins were brought out in front of everyone and we had to do a pelvic thrust, I think. It was both humiliating and fun, because and it was great to get all dolled up and treated as special and then of course not being a virgin I could go all dressed up to the nines.”
The programmer of the series, Josh Strauss said that: “I saw Oliver at first when I was five and I will always remember it. It was just such a big exciting extravaganza with incredible sets and performances.”
We are all really excited about this Musical Marathon and we hope you’ll join us this Fourth of July weekend. Feel free to share your own “musical memory” in the comments below. We’ll choose our favorite story on Tuesday, June 30th and that story’s author will receive two passes to our Movie Musical Marathon!
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