Season of BFI Musicals

Happy New Year !

We are delighted to share the best musical films with our members and followers. Please remember we have some Saturday matinees in our program.

Thursday 2 January, 1.00 pm – OLIVER! (1968)

After being sold to a mortician, young orphan Oliver Twist runs away and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor. With memorable lyrics by Lionel Bart, Oliver!gathered 5 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Direction (by Carol Reed). Cast includes Ron Moody, Oliver Reed, Shani Wallis, Mark Lester, Jack Wild and Harry Secombe. Free entry for kids (under 16s).

Saturday 11 January, 1.00 pm – TOP HAT (1935)

An undeniable classic, screwball musical comedy with legendary duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Glamorous and enthralling, a Depression-era diversion, with beautiful songs by Irving Berlin, dance numbers choreographed by Hermes Pan, and direction by stalwart Mark Sandrich, who made five of the Astaire-Rogers movies. Character actors Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore and Helen Broderick add to the comedy.

Wednesday 15 January, 7.00 pm – CABARET (1972)

This hard-hitting musical drama is set in decadent 1930s Berlinduring Hitler’s rise to power. The film chronicles Cambridgestudent Brian Roberts’ friendship with the high-spirited Sally Bowles, a singer at the sleazy Kit Kat nightclub. With Liza Minelli, Michael York and Joel Grey. Oscars for Minelli, Joel Grey and director-choreographer Bob Fosse.

Saturday 18 January, 1.00 pm – TOMMY (1975)

A boy born and raised in post-WWII England grows up seemingly deaf and mute due to a traumatic experience in his youth. He eventually gains fame as a pinball champion, is billed as a messiah and attempts to lead a religious sect. Based onThe Who’s rock-opera, and filmed by Ken Russell in and around Portsmouth. With Oliver Reed, Ann-Margaret, Roger Daltry, Elton John, Eric Clapton, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Paul Nicholas, Jack Nicholson, Robert Powell, Pete Townsend and Tina Turner. Introductory talk by film historian Sue Harper, Professor Emeritus, University of Portsmouth.

Wednesday 29 January, 7.00 pm – THE BAND WAGON (1953)

A lavish, enduring backstage musical from Vincente Minelli, telling the tale of Tony Hunter, a multi-talented but ageing movie star who heads for the Great White Way in hopes of bolstering his flagging career. A sharp, witty and light fantastical film, from M-G-M, home studio of memorable musicals, with masterly direction from Minelli, aided by choreographer Michael Kidd and a great cast headed by Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Jack Buchanan, Nanette Fabray, and Oscar Levant.

Portsmouth Film Society’s season of musicals is supported by the Independent Cinema Office, the BFI’s Film Audience Network and the National Lottery.

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