Celebrate Classical Music Month With a Lineup of Films About Great Musicians
August 28, 2013
September is Classical Music Month, and with that in mind the Library is offering a lineup of free movies about those other long-haired musicians.
The series Cinematic Intermezzo screens on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. throughout September 2013 in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Admission is free.
The Great Waltz (1938)
Banker Johann Straus (Fernand Gravey) gives up clerking to begin composing waltzes and finds himself torn between two women (Luise Rainer, Miliza Korjus). Brilliantly directed by Julien Duvivier.
MPAA rating: NR | 104 minutes
The Red Violin (1998)
An exquisite violin is passed from owner to owner over three centuries and several countries. Among the big international cast are Greta Scacchi, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sandra Oh.
MPAA rating: R | 130 minutes
Rhapsody in Blue (1945)
Robert Alda (Alan's dad) plays the great American composer George Gershwin. Paul Whiteman, Al Jolson and Oscar Levant appear as themselves; Alexis Smith and Joan Leslie are the women in his life. "Rhapsody in Blue" and "An American in Paris" are performed almost in their entirety.
MPAA rating: NR | 135 minutes
The Great Caruso (1951)
Metropolitan Opera star Mario Lanza plays the great late 19th-century tenor in this Technicolor biopic. With Ann Blyth.
MPAA rating: NR |109 minutes
Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.