31 January 2013


Ginger Rogers in Gold Diggers of 1933.

Bruce Goldstein over at Film Forum is apparently a mind reader as he routinely creates programs that include my favourite films (isn't that nice?). Case in point. Starting next month, Film Forum will spend four weeks screening 66 films from 1933. What's so special about that year? In addition to the release of dozens of amazing films, the debut of Astaire and Rogers (Flying Down to Rio), the opening of the first drive-in movie theatre, and  the founding of the Screen Actors Guild, 1933 was the last year before the enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code and the creation of the Legion of Decency by the Catholic Church. So 1933 was the last hurrah of sorts for uncensored stories about sex, drugs, murder, homosexuality, you name it. And what a year it was. We’re talking Design for Living, Dinner at Eight, Gold Diggers of 1933, 42nd Street, Footlight Parade, Queen Christina, Baby Face, Bombshell, Ecstasy, King Kong, and many, many more. I for one can’t wait to attend as many screenings as possible. Thank you Film Forum.

For a complete schedule, check out their calendar here.

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