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Musicals!

ICO Archive Screening Day 2019: Broadway Rhythm

+ intro by Robin Baker, Head Curator, BFI National Archive

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

Image from ICO Archive Screening Day 2019: Broadway Rhythm + intro by Robin Baker, Head Curator, BFI National Archive

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.

Introduced in partnership with the ICO Archive Screening Day.

See more Screening Day events: Talk: Race in the Hollywood Musical, and West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves of Liberty + intro.

See other screenings of Broadway Rhythm.


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