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Author @ the Library: "All Singing! All Dancing! The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals," with Max Alvarez, a New York writer, film historian and frequent speaker on the subject of world cinema culture.
Before the movies learned to talk, they learned to sing, and within a few short years of the early 1930s talkie revolution, the Hollywood studios were cranking out elaborate movie musicals for a music-mad public. During the Great Depression, Warner Bros. enthralled moviegoers with the Gold Diggers series while R-K-O teamed Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. During and after World War II, the M-G-M Technicolor musical ruled the roost with such stars as Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, and Cyd Charisse. Then came such “event” musicals as Oklahoma! and West Side Story
Join the film scholar as he unearths the most electrifying and entertaining musical clips of Hollywood’s golden musical age, from the showstopping dances of Kelly and The Nicholas Brothers to the mind-boggling kaleidoscopic visions of choreographer Busby Berkeley.