Our Summer Film Series is still weeks away but we'll be back showing films on Fridays in June! We'll consider it "a musical interlude" and we are thrilled to be able to offer a great lineup of musicals that we think you'll enjoy! So are you ready to jump on the Darien Library movie bandwagon? Good! We are proud to present our brand new Musical Film Series!
The Band Wagon (1953) Starring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse; Not rated; 111 minutes
Each song and dance routine, from the lovely "Dancing in the Dark" through the insanely happpy "A Shine on Your Shoes" to the thrilling coda "That's Entertainment" is a slice of cinematic magic in this delightful musical. The original ballet sequence "Girl Hunt" choreographed for Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse by Michael Kidd is especially notable.
A Hard Day's Night (1964) John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr; Rated G; 85 minutes
A re-release of the 1964 classic musical comedy about four shaggy-haired lads from Liverpool, this is a playful day-in-the-life look at the emerging rock stars: John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Pursued by hordes of shrieking girls caught up in Beatlemania, they dash in and out of railways, through London streets, and into a TV recording studio. With concert footage of The Beatles performing "She Loves You," this movie survives as an indelible portrait of a particular time.
Funny Girl (1968) Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif; Rated G; 149 minutes
Marvelous musical biography of the legendary Ziegfield girl, Fanny Brice. Fanny (Barbra Streisand) was all-laughs on-stage, but her personal life was considered a tragedy. Barbra Streisand received an Academy Award® for her leading role.
Singin' in the Rain (1952) Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor; Not rated; 102 minutes
Considered by many to be the finest musical comedy of all-time, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is sheer delight. Betty Comden and Adolph Green wrote this wonderful film about the time when movies were changing from silent to talkies. The songs range from the hilarious "Make 'Em Laugh" performed by O'Connor, to the delicate "You Were Meant for Me" and the show-stopping classic "Singin' in the Rain" solo by Gene Kelly.
All movies are at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).