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Musicals!

Broadway Rhythm

Jaw-dropping numbers, three great African-American stars and Technicolor!

Image from Broadway Rhythm

USA 1944
Dir Roy Del Rey
With George Murphy, Ginny Simms, Charles Winninger
114min
35mm
Certificate U

This backstage musical puts emphasis on the numbers rather than narrative logic, but it’s packed with extraordinary delights. Enjoy Lena Horne’s sensational renditions of ‘Somebody Loves Me’ and ‘Brazilian Boogie’, as well as pianist Hazel Scott’s dazzling performance. The contortionist number featuring the Ross Sisters will leave you slack-jawed and breathless. And, oh, the Technicolor!

Robin Baker

Screening on a 35mm Technicolor dye transfer print from the BFI National Archive.

This short film will be presented before the following screening of Broadway Rhythm - Fri 27 Dec 14:30 NFT2

Busby Berkeleyland
BBC 2019. Written and voiced by Robin Baker. Digital. 5min
How three films revolutionised the movie musical and brought sex and spectacle to the big screen.
Robin Baker, Head Curator BFI National Archive & BFI Musicals! programmer explores how three films from 1933 revolutionised the movie musical and brought sex and spectacle to the big screen: 42nd Street, Footlight Parade and Gold Diggers of 1933, all choreographed by the pioneering and highly influential filmmaker Busby Berkeley.

The screening on Thu 5 Dec will be introduced by Robin Baker, in partnership with the ICO Archive Screening Day.


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