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Offbeat Movie Musicals: PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
Sunday, April 3, 2011
1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Auditorium (3rd Floor)
Love ‘em or Hate ‘em -- Offbeat, Contemporary Movie Musicals
Silly, dark, creepy, or campy -- mind-bending musicals from the likes of David Byrne, Spike Lee, John Turturro, and more!
NOTE: These films are intended for adult audiences - some contain adult themes, situations, and language. Please see ratings, below.
Sunday April 3, 1:30pm --PENNIES FROM HEAVEN, 1981 Rated R
In this bizarre but warmhearted black-and-white musical written by Dennis Potter and directed by Herbert Ross, traveling sheet music salesman Arthur (Steve Martin) entices innocent teacher Eileen (Bernadette Peters) in Depression-era Chicago. When Arthur and Eileen set out on a series of misadventures, their bleak world turns to song and dance in a series of lavish Busby Berkeley-style musical numbers. Christopher Walken and Jessica Harper co-star.
Sunday, April 10, 1:30pm --TRUE STORIES, 1986, Rated PG (89 minutes)
Talking Heads front man David Byrne co-wrote, composed, directed and stars in this quirky musical journey into the odder side of small-town America. The residents of Virgil, Texas, are a motley crew -- from the woman who's too lazy to get out of bed (Swoosie Kurtz) to the shy man who must advertise for a wife (John Goodman). Byrne serves as our tall-hatted tour guide through the town's sesquicentennial "Celebration of Specialness."
Sunday, April 17, 1:30pm--LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, 1986, Rated PG-13 (93 minutes)
Plant yourself in front of the tube and veg out with Frank Oz's horticultural horror flick. Gawky Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis), looking for a way to save his job in a ramshackle, skid row flower shop, purchases a curious exotic plant hoping it will make business bloom. And it does. There's just one problem: The little creeper possesses a rapacious appetite for fresh human plasma … and it's mushrooming out of control!
Sunday, May 1, 1:30pm -- ROMANCE & CIGARETTES, 2005, Rated R (106 minutes)
Adulterer Nick (James Gandolfini) must face the bleak fallout of his exposed affair with foul-mouthed Tula (Kate Winslet) after his stolid wife (Susan Sarandon) and daughters Constance (Mary-Louise Parker), Baby (Aida Turturro) and Rosebud (Mandy Moore) wise up. When they can't find the right words to express their anger, everyone breaks out into song in writer-director John Turturro's dark comedy. Steve Buscemi and Christopher Walken co-star.
Sunday, May 8, 1:30pm-- ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, 2007, Rated PG-13 (133 minutes)
An American girl (Evan Rachel Wood) and a British lad (Jim Sturgess) fall in love amid the social and political upheaval of the 1960s in this movie musical from director Julie Taymor that features classic Beatles songs and a mix of live action and animation. On an excursion to America, Liverpool dock worker Jude (Sturgess) falls for Lucy (Wood). But when Lucy's brother (Joe Anderson) is drafted, Jude and Lucy take a stand as anti-war activists.
Sunday, May 15,1:30pm-- REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA, 2008, Rated R (97 minutes)
In the near future, a biotech company saves mankind with synthetic replacements for failed organs. But those who default on their new liver or heart are subject to repossession. Shilo (Alexa Vega) navigates this dystopia while searching for a cure for her rare illness. Her odyssey is set to a number of catchy songs in this tongue-in-cheek opera. Paris Hilton, Paul Sorvino, Anthony Head and Sarah Brightman round out the deliciously diverse cast.
Sunday, May 22, 1:30pm-- PASSING STRANGE, 2009, Non-Rated (136 minutes)
A young black musician named Stew (played by singer-songwriter Stew himself) flees his comfortable middle-class roots in Los Angeles for a soul-searching journey to Europe and gets wrapped up in the music scene of 1980s Amsterdam and West Berlin. The one-of-a-kind Broadway musical, which netted Stew a Tony for Best Book, comes to cinematic life courtesy of film icon Spike Lee. The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival
NOTE: Library closed on Sundays until September – The rest of the series takes place on Thursday evenings in June
Thursday, June 2, 7:00pm -- DR. HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG, 2008, Non-Rated (43 minutes)
When he's not busy breaking the law or trying to get close to his secret crush, Penny (Felicia Day), supervillain wannabe Dr. Horrible (Neil Patrick Harris) boasts about his exploits via his Internet video blog and dreams of defeating his nemesis, Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion). Conceived during the 2008 Hollywood writers' strike, Joss Whedon's quirky musical comedy originally debuted as an online miniseries.
Thursday, June 9, 6:45pm -- THE BIG GAY MUSICAL, 2009, Non-Rated (90 minutes)
Life imitates a play, and that's just the thing for sending up the Bible in this no-feathers-barred fantasia that swirls around Paul (Daniel Robinson) and Eddie (Joey Dudding), the leads in a musical called "Adam and Steve Just the Way God Made 'Em." Offstage, the pair act out the story of their own star-crossed lives: Paul, recently dumped, just wants to stay in, while Eddie's still coming out. But rest assured that the show tunes will go on.
Thursday, June 16, 6:45pm -- ROAD, MOVIE, 2009, Non-Rated (97 minutes)
Reluctant to take over his father's flailing hair-oil business, young Vishnu (Abhay Deol) becomes the sole proprietor of a traveling cinema after he hops on a truck containing a library of film reels and a film projector. During his odyssey across the Rajasthan desert, he befriends a young runaway, a gorgeous gypsy and others in this funny and romantic adventure, a hit at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Genre: Bollywood Language: Hindi with translation