A restored print of Funny Girl (1968), Barbra Streisand's film debut, will reignite the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Monday Nights with Oscar” series on Monday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City.
“Monday Nights with Oscar” has been on hiatus for most of 2010 as the theater underwent major renovations.
Directed by veteran William Wyler and based on the 1964 Broadway musical that also starred Streisand, Funny Girl tells the story of Fanny Brice, the Jewish ugly duckling who became a Ziegfeld Follies star and fell in love with Omar Sharif.
A major box office hit at the time, Funny Girl earned a total of eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Tellingly, William Wyler – whose 12 nominations in the Best Director category remain unmatched – was left out. In truth, Wyler had done much better work elsewhere, e.g., These Three, Wuthering Heights, The Letter, The Little Foxes, The Heiress, etc.
Isobel Lennart wrote both the Broadway book and the screenplay adaptation. Harry Stradling was responsible for the excellent color cinematography.
Tickets for Funny Girl are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at the Academy's website or by mail (a printable order form is available in the Events & Exhibitions section of the website).
Tickets may also be purchased at the box office prior to the event (subject to availability). All seating is unreserved.
The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved. For more information, visit www.oscars.org or call (212) 821-9251.
Photo: Courtesy of AMPAS.
'Metropolis' & Agatha Christie: BFI Southbank Screenings
Most notable among those screenings is probably a 1986 British television production named Shades of Darkness: Agatha Christie's The Last Séance. Directed by June Wyndham-Davies, the 50-minute show stars Jeanne Moreau in a “suitably spooky, at times surreal” supernatural tale about spiritualism.
Frank Capra will be represented with Dirigible (1931), an early adventure tale set in the South Pole that features Fay Wray sandwiched between popular late-1920s players Jack Holt and Ralph Graves; The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1932), an overbaked interethnic romance-drama-tragedy starring Barbara Stanwyck and Nils Asther (as bitter-tea drinker General Yen); and American Madness (1932), about economic crises and bankers – whoever said history repeats itself (because human beings are too stupid too learn from their past mistakes) wasn't fooling around.
Agatha Christie fans will be able to watch (or rewatch) Sidney Lumet's all-star blockbuster Murder on the Orient Express (1974), which earned Ingrid Bergman her third Oscar, and the much superior And Then There Were None (1945), directed by René Clair, written by Dudley Nichols, and featuring a whole array of well-known players, among them Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston (who can also be seen in American Madness), Louis Hayward, Judith Anderson, Roland Young, and June Duprez.
And Then There Were None is based on Christie's Ten Little Niggers, later retitled Ten Little Indians. The reason for the title changes is obvious. Just as obvious is the reason for the film's radical departure from the ending found in Christie's novel.
Brigitte Helm Metropolis image: BFI Southbank.