smARTfilms is an ongoing BIMA program fostering community and conversation through film.
Join BIMA for six weeks of foot-tapping fun as we explore the genre of classic movie musicals during our fall smARTfilms series. From the mistaken identities and unrequited love to battles between the Sharks and the Jets, every movie is a masterpiece of music on film. Come early for dinner in the Bistro (optional, not included in ticket price) and stay late for a facilitated discussion about the evening’s film. And if you really want to be transported, be sure to attend our opening night screening of the Marx Brothers classic “Animal Crackers” with special guest Frank Ferrante (Groucho: A Life in Revue, An Evening with Groucho).
Come early for dinner featuring soup, salad, nightly specials and dessert. Seatings start at 5pm. Reservations recommended–call 206-451-4011. Dinners are not included in ticket price.
Auditorium opens at 7:00
Film starts at 7:30
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Sept. 20 – Animal Crackers - tickets
Opening Night! See the classic Marx Brothers film Animal Crackers with special guest host Frank Ferrante - star of An Evening with Groucho.
Sept. 27 - Gold Diggers of 1933 - tickets
Oct. 4 - Top Hat - tickets
Oct. 11 - Stormy Weather - tickets
Oct. 18 - On the Town - tickets
Oct. 25 - West Side Story - tickets
Sept. 20 – Animal Crackers, 1930
Starring: The Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont
In this outing, Groucho plays the infamous Captain Jeffrey Spaulding, African explorer, the guest of honour at a Long Island party (accompanied by Zeppo as his field secretary, Horatio Jamison) being given by Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont). Roscoe W. Chandler (Louis Sorin) is displaying a painting, Beaugard's "After the Hunt," in honor of Captain Spaulding's visit. Of course, two of the guests at the party have made copies of this painting and, for their own reasons, want their copies displayed in place of the original. Harpo, as The Professor (of what nobody knows), and Chico, as Signor Emanuel Ravelli, roll in to add a little music and larceny, and then the fun begins. - www.marx-bros.org
Sept. 27 - Gold Diggers of 1933, 1933
Starring: Dick Powell, Warren William
Carol King, Trixie Lorraine and Polly Parker, three out-of-work showgirls living together in a cheap New York City apartment, are down to their last pair of stockings when rival Fay Fortune informs them that Broadway producer Barney Hopkins is putting on a show. - www.tcm.com
Oct. 4 - Top Hat, 1935
Starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
A characteristic vehicle for Astaire and Rogers, it features a slight story of initially unrequited love, mistaken identities, and a requisite happy ending and allowed for frequent and breathtaking dance numbers starring the leading pair. Astaire plays an American dancer appearing in a London stage show, and Rogers was cast as the dress model he falls for at first sight. Their romance is complicated when Rogers’s character mistakenly believes the smitten dancer to be a married man. - www.britannica.com
Oct. 11 - Stormy Weather, 1943
Starring: Lena Horne, Bill Robinson
Named for the 1933 song by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, the story follows Bill Williamson (Robinson), a soldier coming home from war who wants to start a life as a performer. He meets the smoldering Selina Rogers (Horne) who helps him reach his dream but they both learn the difficulties of success. - www.broadwayblack.com
Oct. 18 - On the Town, 1949
Starring: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra
As three sailors – Gabey, Chip, and Ozzie – begin their shore leave, Gabey falls in love with the picture of "Miss Turnstiles", who is actually Ivy Smith. The sailors race around New York attempting to find her in the brief period they have. - www.wikipedia.com
Oct. 25 - West Side Story, 1949
Starring: Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno
West Side Story is an energetic, widely-acclaimed, melodramatic musical - a modern-day, loose re-telling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet tragedy of feuding families, although the setting is the Upper West Side of New York City in the late 1950s with conflict between rival street gangs rather than families. West Side Story is still one of the best film adaptations of a musical ever created, and the finest musical film of the 60s. It arrived at a time when the silver screen was realizing tremendous competition from TV and other genres of cinematic entertainment. - www.filmsite.org