On the Riviera. 1951. USA. Directed by Walter Lang. 89 min.
Screenplay by Valentine Davies, Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron. With Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney, Corinne Calvet, Gwen Verdon. Though unbilled in the main credits, Cole protégée Gwen Verdon features prominently in this dance-rich Fox Technicolor movie, as she leads nominal star Danny Kaye on a world-dance tour that includes Cole’s signature version of Hindu jazz in “Rhythm of a New Romance.” Cole's dark side surfaces in the creepy, pseudo-whimsical "Popo the Puppet." As Bubsy Berkeley had done 20 years earlier, Cole completely commandeers the mise en scène from the mediocre director of record for an amazing finale, aptly titled "Happy Ending."
Sunday, January 24,4:00 p.m.T2, Titus Theater 2
Wednesday, January 20,7:00 p.m.T1, Titus Theater 1Introduced by Nicole Fosse, Vernon-Fosse Foundation