1929. USA. David Butler. 120 min.
Saturday, November 13, 2010, 1:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1929. USA. Directed by David Butler. With Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell. One of Hollywood’s first movie musicals, this immensely popular film was the first full-length talkie for Gaynor and Farrell, “America’s favorite lovebirds.” And though Gaynor may not have had the voice of a nightingale, her irrepressible charm and waif-like innocence lifted the spirits of Depression-era audiences. Sunnyside Up features wonderful songs by the sterling Broadway team of Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, and Ray Henderson—including “If I Had a Talking Picture of You” and “(I’m a Dreamer) Aren’t We All”—and the show-stopping production number “Turn on the Heat,” in which nubile chorus girls transform an Arctic tundra into a tropical jungle (even the bananas get turned on!). Restored by The Museum of Modern Art, with funding from The Film Foundation. 120 min.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Eighth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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