For this second film series of the year, Paul Loosley has put aside any serious thoughts and brings you almost the whole film catalogue of Broadway and Hollywood’s greatest musical writers; Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers. In six of the most fantastic, the most entertaining, the most exhilarating, and occasionally quite controversial, all-singing, all-dancing movies of all time, there will not be a foot left untapped, a tune left unhummed and, in some cases, not a tear left unshed.
So, while the world outside just takes care of itself, visit a better time and a better feeling. There can be no finer way to celebrate life, laughter and joyousness.
Genre: Film Screening
Date & Time: Sept 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 3pm
Venue: Indicine @ klpac
Ticket Price: Free entry
9th September. Oklahoma (1955)
“Where the wind come sweepin’ down the plain”; the anthemic beginning to the film’s title song and Rogers & Hammerstein’s very first collaboration. Also the first time a musical had songs properly integrated into the story. “When I take you out tonight with me,” “There’s a bright, golden haze on the meadow”. And the first of a series of the world’s greatest love songs; “People will say we’re in Love”. Shot on vast western locations, in blazing color, no one could believe there could be a successful musical film about love between cowboys and farm girls. But they were wrong. Starring Gordon MacCrae and Shirley Jones.
16th September. Carousel (1956)
Flushed with success Rogers & Hammerstein took an even bigger leap and wrote an unfluffy musical around a fairground worker sent down from heaven to revisit the family he had left behind when he was accidentally stabbed. Filmed on the gorgeous New England coastline and in the new wide-screen CinemaScope format, every song just leaps out of the screen: “If I loved you”, “When the Children are asleep” and the fantastic dance number, “June is busting out all over”. And, of course, the hauntingly beautiful and unfeasibly famous, “You’ll never walk alone”. Starring Gordon Mac Crae and Shirley Jones.
23rd September. The King and I (1956)
Exotic Siam in the 1860s was where Rodgers & Hammerstein found inspiration for their next blistering success. Strange Eastern customs and a touch of Eastern melody wound its way through this life-affirming view of the Orient. The story of King Mongkut and his very close relationship with a European governess, Anna Leonowens was, of course, banned in Thailand, despite a film bursting with colorful sets, shimmering costumes and yet another collection of unforgettable tunes like; “March of the Siamese Children”, “Hello Young Lovers”, “Getting to know you” and “Shall we Dance”. Starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr
30th September. South Pacific (1958)
The Pacific Islands during World War II seem a strange location for a musical. The film, shot mostly on location (reputedly including our very own Tioman), and using some particularly vibrant colored filters, provided Rogers and Hammerstein with material for two heart-wrenching love stories, inter-racial conflict and some of the most memorable songs ever written: “I’m Gonna wash that man right out of my hair”, “Happy Talk”, “Bali Hai”, “There is nothing Like a Dame”, “I’m in love with a wonderful guy”, and the breathtakingly beautiful, “Some Enchanted Evening”. Starring Mitzi Gaynor and Rossano Brazzi.