The film musical is one of the most popular genres from the golden era of classic Hollywood cinema, blending comedic, theatrical, dance and circus elements into a new artistic whole. The development of the genre is closely connected to the introduction of sound film. "All talking! All singing! All dancing!" is how Metro Goldwyn Mayer 1929 advertised the first feature-length sound film musical The Broadway Melody in 1929, which carried a whole wealth of similar productions in its wake.
In a comprehensive film series in December and January, Arsenal presents 22 key works of the genre, taking in the backstage musicals of the early 30s, Busby Berkeley’s complex choreographies of geometric figures and ornamental crowd scenes, Fred Astaire und Ginger Roger's musical version of the screwball comedy, and the musical’s sparkling Technicolor heyday in the late 40s and 50s. Starring Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Leslie Caron, Cyd Charisse, Judy Garland, Kathryn Grayson, Rita Hayworth, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, Ruby Keeler, Oscar Levant, Carmen Miranda, The Nicholas Brothers, Eleanor Powell, Ginger Rogers, Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams and many, many more.
2015 sees the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz extermination camp on January 27th 1945. The "Asynchronous. Documentaries and Experimental Films on the Holocaust. From the Collection of Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art e.V." project is dedicated to the cinematic remembrance of the victims of Nazism and thus connects questions on remembrance, archives, and public spheres. A selection of around 50 titles from the Arsenal collection will be put together for the project, ten of which will also be made newly digitally accessible at the same time. In addition, a catalogue will be created to accompany all the films. For the start of the project, a film series with a comprehensive accompanying program will be taking place at Arsenal from January 27. Beforehand, Christian Pichel's FU film studies seminar presents a selection of the films in December and January in six public screenings in cooperation with the project.
THE WIZARD OF OZ (Victor Fleming and others., USA 1939, 7., 14., 21. & 25.12.) Dorothy (Judy Garland) escapes from the sepia-colored Kansas into the magnificent land of Oz and sets out with a scarecrow who wants a brain, a tin man who yearns for a heart, and a lion lacking in courage in search of the Wizard of Oz. To accompany the "… und Action! Wie werden Film und Fernsehen gemacht?" exhibition ("... and Action!. How are Film and Television Made?") the Deutsche Kinemathek is showing children's films each month. The Christmas film ALS DER WEIHNACHTSMANN VOM HIMMEL FIEL (Oliver K. Dieckmann, Gemrany 2011, 28.12.) presents an unusual Santa Claus who fights against the commercialization of Christmas. Children who have acquired the film director id card in the "..and Action!" exhibition receive free entry.
arsenal distribution is releasing THE SECOND GAME (AL DOILEA JOC) by Corneliu Porumboiu from December 4.
In the film, which premiered as part of this year's Forum programme, the director and his father watch a football match from the winter of 1988 which the father refereed, their commentary accompanying the original television footage in real time: grainy video images, political pressure, historical insights, driving snow.
Broadway Melody of 1940 Norman Taurog
USA 1940 With Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell
35 mm OV 102 min
À bout de souffle Breathless Jean-Luc Godard
France 1959 With Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo
DCP OV/GeS 88 min
You'll Never Get Rich Sidney Lanfield
USA 1941 With Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth
35 mm OV/GeS 88 min
Preserved by the Library of Congress