Friday, 13 March 2009

CABIN IN THE SKY starring Lena Horne, March 17th, BFI Southbank ... BOOKING NOW!!

BFI have announced a new series of termly lectures presented by some of the worlds' leading film scholars. The programme "King's @ Bfi" is a partnership with the renown Kings College, London.

The inaugural lecture is to be held Tuesday March 17th, at 6.30pm in NFT1 and presented by Professor Richard Dyer who will speak about Hollywoods first black actress Lena Horne: beautiful, talented, intelligent and vivacious, yet Hollywood didn't know what to do with her.

Lena looked and sounded too black to be fully integrated, too light to play the standard stereotype roles. She languished in the ghettos of the all-black musical and one-off numbers.

The lecture will be followed by a screening of:

Cabin in the Sky (1943) Director: Vincente Minelli. Running time: 99mins

Embarrassing and enchanting, offensive and scintillating, Cabin in the Sky is the most successful and accomplished of Hollywood's 'all-black musicals'.

It affirms the pastoral values of simple Southern coloured folks while offering the unbeatable allure of fantastic hot jazz. Folksiness rubs shoulders with the most sophisticated exponents of African-American music: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne and Ethel Waters.

Listen to Lena Horne singing:

Educated at St. Andrews University (MA) in French with German, English and Philosophy, Professor Richard Dyer has taught courses on Film Analysis, Film history, Representation, Italian cinema, Federico Fellini, British Cinema, Hollywood, Stardom, Music and Film, Film, Race and Ethnicity.

He is currently working on the film music of Nino Rota and is also preparing books on the song in film (including chapters on Lena Horne and on blaxsploitation) and on the serial killer in European cinema...

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