The third movie in the Barrington library film lecture series, "Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance!: The Evolution of Movie Musicals," airs today, Oct. 10, at 1 pm in the theater-like auditorium.
Meet Me in St. Louis is one of Judy Garland's best-loved movies, said librarian, film enthusiast and Patch blogger Doug Swiszcz, who will provide commentary before the film.
Here is how Swiszcz describes the movie:
"Filmed in glorious Technicolor, the film is director Vincente Minnelli’s beautifully realized evocation of homespun life in America at the turn of the twentieth century.
"Episodic in nature, the story follows one St. Louis family through the changes of the seasons as the 1904 World’s Fair approaches. The ensemble cast includes child star Margaret O’Brien, and the Hugh Martin-Ralph Blane score features memorable songs like “The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”
The film runs for 113 minutes. It is unrated, and free and open to all, he said.
The remaining films in the 6-week series:
Oct. 17: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds in a parody of the transition from silent films to talking pictures. Color; 103 minutes; unrated.
Oct. 24: Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
Film version of the Broadway smash about a poor Jewish milkman raising five daughters in pre-revolutionary Russia. Color; 181 minutes; rated G.
Oct. 31: Chicago (2002)
Director Rob Marshall's freshly cinematic adaptation of Kander and Ebb's Broadway show about society's infatuation with notoriety in the Windy City during the Roaring 1920s. Color; 113 minutes; rated PG-13, for sexual content and dialogue, violence, and thematic elements.
For more details, you can check out Swiszcz’s classic film blog.