The Great McGuinty AND DUck Soup
|Event title||The Great McGuinty AND DUck Soup|
|Beginning Date||Friday January 27th, 2017 PM 8:00|
|Ending Date||Friday January 27th, 2017 PM 10:45|
|Location||54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306|
The Great McGuinty Starring Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, Akim Tamiroff, William Demarest. Directed by Preston Sturges. 1940, 82mins., B&W. In 35mm.
Duck Soup Starring Groucho, Harpo, Chico & Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont. Directed by Leo McCarey. 1933, 70mins., B&W. In 35mm.
The Great McGuinty: A guy with no money and no home gets paid street money to vote multiple times in Chicago. Thus begins a great political career. He soon gets in good with the local political Boss, who decides to make him the Machine's new star front-man. He's even fixed up with a politically expedient wife, gets all the way to the Mayor's office, and is primed for the Governor's chair. Sound like a report on the nightly news, so far? Then when he's about to become governor, the guy is overcome by a wave of morality and publicly confesses to some past shady deals -- bringing himself, the Boss and the Machine down. Now maybe you think it sound like a fantasy? Actually it is the great Preston Sturges' first movie as director as well as screenwriter, and is a very funny rumination on politics and corruption. The movie's huge success on a tight budget made Sturges and overnight star as director, and set the stage for his succession of great, if somewhat off-beat, comedies. It remains a very funny film that's still got a political bite.
Duck Soup: A new President insults everyone in sight and sings a song about how he intends to abuse his power -- this makes him wildly popular. Meanwhile, a rival country sends spies, who promptly become close confidants of the President. Any similarity to recent CNN broadcasts is purely coincidental; this, in fact, is "Duck Soup" -- a wild, frenetic, and delightfully insane take on power and politics as only the Marx Brothers could deliver. Ironically, the movie seemed too crazy to audiences in 1933, and its disappointment at the box office prompted Paramount to end its contract with the Marx Brothers. But time has given much perspective, and now the film is embraced as one of the Brothers' -- who went on to much success at MGM -- best. You can judge for yourself if it's not also wickedly insightful.
$10 for adults; $8 for seniors (65+) and children (12 & younger). Combo pricing for also seeing Saturday films.
|Categories||Art & Entertainment|
|Last Modified||Tuesday January 10th, 2017|
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