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December 2012 Film Calendar

Block Cinema to screen Busby Berkeley’s legendary film “The Gang’s All Here”

EVANSTON, Ill. --- A Dec. 7 screening of the newly-restored Busby Berkeley Technicolor musical “The Gang’s All Here” -- a story about a solider and a nightclub singer that features elaborate musical production numbers -- will conclude the Block Cinema’s fall film programming.

Directed and choreographed by Berkeley and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Color, in 1943, the film is part of “Revivals and Rediscoveries,” a recurring Block series that screens rare American and international films.

Open to the public, “The Gang’s All Here” will be screened in the James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati Auditorium at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus.

Block Cinema will resume screenings Jan. 18 with the first film in the Winter 2013 series,  “Wild Girl” (1932, Raoul Walsh). Newly-restored by the Museum of Modern Art, “Wild Girl” is part of a program of recently-restored films on 35mm in Block’s ongoing “Revivals and Rediscoveries series. Also continuing in the upcoming winter calendar will be Block’s “Passport to Global Cinema” program featuring new films from around the world. The series kicks off Jan. 25 with the acclaimed Portuguese director Miguel Gomes’ latest feature, “Tabu.”


A long-term construction project on Northwestern’s south campus has closed vehicle access to the Block Museum and Arts Circle Drive. Free parking is available in the lot directly south of the museum. For directions and parking information, visit

Unless otherwise noted, general admission to Block Cinema is $6 for the general public or $4 for Block Museum members, Northwestern faculty, staff and students, students from other schools with valid IDs, and individuals aged 65 and older. Quarterly passes are $20. Tickets are available one hour before showtime. For more information, call the Block Cinema Hotline at (847) 491-4000 or visit the Block Cinema website at


Revivals and Rediscoveries series, “The Gang’s All Here,” 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 (Busby Berkeley, 1943, United States, 35 mm, 103 minutes). Director and choreographer Busby Berkeley’s war-time plot involves a soldier on leave who falls for a New York nightclub singer (Fox superstar Alice Faye -- in her last leading role), but it’s the over-the-top musical numbers that have made the film legendary, including one with scantily-clad dancers cavorting with gigantic bananas (the picture was banned in some countries for its supposed sexual suggestiveness). The film was also a career-defining vehicle for the inimitable Carmen Miranda. Presented in a new print from 20th Century Fox.  

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