"Pal Joey" and "All the King's Men" in Free Film Series
Teaneck, NJ (March 3, 2006) – As part of a free film festival, “Pal Joey,” a 1957 Rodgers and Hart musical starring Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak, will be shown in the Weiner Library Auditorium on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan campus on Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at 7 p.m. The films in the festival, which are open to the public, are from the Columbia Pictures Archive at FDU.
Festival curator Jim Beckerman of The Record noted that the festival’s selections are based on well-known books or plays. “They all have a literary cache to them,” he said, “and this is an overlooked aspect of Columbia Studios—they had a reputation for buying important literary works.” Beckerman will introduce each film and will facilitate a question-and-answer session with the audience after the screening.
In discussing “Pal Joey,” Beckerman said, “Based on the 1940 Broadway musical that was considered a breakthrough for its ‘realism,’ Columbia's ‘Pal Joey’ was widely criticized at the time for whitewashing the story of sleazy nightclub singer, for adding additional Rodgers and Hart hits to the original score, and for substituting Frank Sinatra in the role that made Gene Kelly famous on stage. But ‘Pal Joey’ looks better today. Sinatra, in the role he was born to play, is at his cocky best, the color photography in San Francisco is breathtaking, and the music showcases both Sinatra and his arranger, Oradell-born Nelson Riddle, in top form in such songs as ‘The Lady is a Tramp.’”
The finale of the film series is the 1949 film “All the King’s Men,” which will be shown on April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Weiner Library. “With half of Louisiana in ruins, and a remake (starring Sean Penn) due for 2006 release, there's more than one reason to revisit this acclaimed first adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Robert Penn Warren novel about a political demagogue (Broderick Crawford), based on Louisiana's Huey Long,” said Beckerman.
The Weiner Library, in cooperation with the Fort Lee Film Commission, sponsors the film series. Founded in 2000, the Fort Lee Film Commission is a non-profit organization that works to preserve films made in Fort Lee. The organization also promotes filmmakers who support Fort Lee’s role as the birthplace of the American film industry.
Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Weiner Library Auditorium is located on River Road in Teaneck, NJ. For further information on this film series, call 201-692-2138.