Being a resident of the Coachella Valley in the summer isn’t always fabulous…in fact, some days are just flat-out hard. One of my favorite ways to avoid the heat, and the painful reality that often comes with it, is by leaving it all behind (or outside) as I relax in the theater and travel back in time through stories told via the silver screen. In the theater is where you can sink deep into your seat, soak up the air conditioning and travel to far-a-way lands all while watching a fantastic film. This Thursday, the Palm Springs Art Museum invites you to join them on a quick trip inside their time machine to the thunderous 1930’s! Share a few laugh with the Marx brother’s in their famous flick, Duck Soup.
Don’t get left behind, details below:
This Thursday evening….
…time travel back into the 1930’s
via a classic comedy film…
Duck Soup, 1933
at the Palm Springs Art Museum‘s Annenberg Theater
101 Museum Drive Palm Springs, CA
In this 1933 Marx Brothers film, the mythical country of Freedonia is broke and on the verge of revolution. Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret_Dumont), Freedonia’s principal benefactress, will lend the country 20 million dollars if the president withdraws and places the government in the hands of the “fearless, progressive” Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho_Marx). At his inauguration, Firefly shows up late, insults everyone in sight, and sings a song about how he intends to abuse his power. Naturally, the crowd cheers wildly. Meanwhile, Ambassador Trentino (Louis_Calhern) of neighboring Sylvania schemes to oust Firefly and take over Freedonia himself. To gather enough evidence to discredit Firefly, he sends his most trusted spies, Chicolini (Chico_Marx) and Pinky (Harpo_Marx). Five minutes after they show up in Freedonia, both spies become important members of Firefly’s cabinet, though Chicolini keeps his day job as a peanut vendor. Firefly eventually declares war on Sylvania, an absurd farrago with Firefly changing uniforms from scene to scene, Chicolini going to the other side because the food is better, and Pinky parading around the battlefield with a sandwich board reading “Join the army and see the navy.”
– via Hal Erickson, Rovi for starpulse.com
About the Director
Los Angeles-born Leo McCarey was, along with Frank_Capra, one of the most popular and successful comedy directors of the pre-World War II era. Unlike Capra, however, McCarey’s success endured well after World War II, and like Capra, his work was still influencing filmmakers in the 1990s. Originally an attorney, McCarey entered films by a circuitous route shortly after starting his own practice, beginning as an assistant to Tod_Browning. During the 1920s, he went to work for Hal Roach Studios as a gag writer and director and, within two years, was a vice president. It was while at Roach that McCarey teamed Stan_Laureland Oliver_Hardy together for the first time, thus creating one of the most enduring comedy teams of all time. As a director, he imposed a frantically paced, breakneck speed to comedy which quickly became his trademark in the 1930s. A triple-threat as writer and producer as well as director, McCarey made some of the most inspired comedies of the decade, including The_Milky_Way, Ruggles of Red Gap, and The_Awful_Truth, collecting an armload of Academy Awards as a director, writer, and producer in the process. His work also had a serious side; McCarey was a devout Catholic and deeply concerned with social issues — which came out in films such as Make Way for Tomorrow (1937), a groundbreaking film about the displaced elderly. During the 1940s, his work became more serious — McCarey was concerned with the battles that had yet to be fought for human dignity, after World War II was won — but this only seemed to make his work more popular. His share in the profits of Going_My_Way (1944), starring Bing_Crosby and Barry_Fitzgerald, gave McCarey the highest reported income in the U.S. for the year 1944, and its follow-up, The Bells of St. Mary’s, which was made by McCarey’s own production company, was equally successful.
– via Bruce Eder, Rovi for starpulse.com
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