Vaudeville Film Series

Sunday, January 23, 2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

"So Long Letty" and "It's a Great Life"

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UCLA Film & Television Archive
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From acrobats to zither-players, vaudeville had it all as the preeminent form of theatrical entertainment in America for generations beginning in the 1840s. While some have accused Hollywood of bringing down the final curtain on vaudeville’s kaleidoscopic talents, many of vaudeville’s biggest names found new fame in the movies, often by way of Broadway, particularly in the comedies of the early sound era, which were enlivened by vaudeville’s variety aesthetic. Vaudevillians such as Jimmy Durante, W.C. Fields, Eddie Cantor, Charlotte Greenwood, Burns and Allen and Wheeler and Woolsey brought a unique vibrancy and rhythm to Hollywood films that film scholar Henry Jenkins dubbed “anarchistic comedy.” The Archive is pleased to present a series of features and shorts that highlights vaudevillians on the big screen and the boisterous, unbridled brand of popular entertainment they brought to Hollywood.

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