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Film Series : Two Judy Garland Classics

The Pirate

1948, Vincente Minnelli, USA, 102 min.
With Judy Garland, Gene Kelly

Show Times

  • Sat, Dec 14th 5:00pm
  • Thu, Dec 19th 6:00pm

"Lively, colorful, and lyrical—Minnelli was married to Garland at the time, and it shows in some of the most romantic close-ups ever put on film."—Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

A commercial failure that producer Arthur Freed called “twenty years ahead of its time,” THE PIRATE has gone on to attain cult status as one of the wittiest and most dazzling screen musicals. Garland plays a cloistered Caribbean damsel who is fated to marry a stolid burgher (Walter Slezak) but yearns to be swept away by the notorious storybook pirate Macoco. Learning her secret, a travelling actor (Kelly) pretends to be the brigand in the hope of winning her heart. The Cole Porter numbers include the spectacular “Pirate Ballet Fantasy” and the uproarious finale “Be a Clown.” 35mm. (MR)

Note: The 35mm print of THE PIRATE-- the only one available -- is somewhat worn (dirt, occasional scratches and splices), and the color, although not faded, seems duller than a Technicolor film should be. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope that you are still able to enjoy this brilliant movie.

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either THE WIZARD OF OZ or THE PIRATE, and get a ticket for any show of the other film at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount price applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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