UPDATE: As of April Fool's Day afternoon TIX for this event became again available on Fandango.com at the weblink below so if you want to attend and did not buy your ticket yet then try doing so immediately.
MGM star DEBBIE REYNOLDS will appear LIVE IN PERSON and will speak between films...for those of you who have never seen her talk (she was interviewed at the last two TCM Film Festivals), she is an absolute riot. Note: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN will be screened in a newly restored digital DCP version featuring new, first time musical numbers in multi-track stereo that have never before been heard in prior 35mm print versions of this film (though the movie was released before stereo sound on film was available, its original tracks were recorded in a format which recently allowed for a true stereo digital remixed version for such sequences). THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN will be screened in restored 35mm roadshow print also featuring surround stereo sound. These were both shown in the above formats at the 2012 TCM Fest and were fantastic.
Most of our members certainly know perhaps the most famous musical of all time SINGIN' IN THE RAIN directed by Stanley Donan and Gene Kelly. It was "Mary Francis" Reynold's from El Paso, Texas's first lead movie role. On a short list of the greatest screen musicals ever made, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN began with legendary MGM producer Arthur Freed giving screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green a stack of songs he'd written early in his career (with partner Nacio Herb Brown) - including "Broadway Melody," "You Are My Lucky Star" and the title song - with the simple request to weave a story around the numbers. What emerged was a sublime marriage of song and dance, innocence and nostalgia, heart-tugging romance and surreal comedy (especially in co-star Donald O'Connor's show-stopping "Make 'Em Laugh" routine). Co-director Kelly shines as silent movie idol Don Lockwood, whose career (and leading lady, hilariously played by Jean Hagen) are imperiled by the coming of sound - until he hooks up with lovely ingenue Debbie Reynolds. The brilliant supporting cast includes Millard Mitchell, Douglas Fowley and the great Cyd Charisse, whose long-legged "Broadway Melody" ballet with Kelly nearly steals the show!
This big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN earned Debbie Reynolds many critical accolades, including an Oscar nomination. When the charming, hard-working hillbilly Brown finds herself vaulted to high society after her husband (Harve Presnell, in his movie debut) strikes it rich, gaining the respect of her new peers proves to be a grand struggle. In the title role, Reynolds plays the legendary woman who, after rising from rags to riches, went on to famously survive the sinking of the Titanic. Includes the songs "I Ain’t Down Yet," "Belly Up to the Bar, Boys" and "He’s My Friend."
Signed copies of Reynold's book "Unsinkable: A Memoir" will be for sale in the lobby beginning at 6:30pm.
Tickets: $11 General Admission, $7 Cinematheque members. Because of Reynold's live appearance, it is highly recommended that you buy your tickets online in advance at the following weblink...
Parking: Street parking meters are only good for 1 or 2 hours, so the only real option are pay lots. The cheapest for only a $5 flat fee is located one block away at the corner of Selma & Cherokee--the rear parking lot of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (just look for the $5 parking signs).