*Designing Woman*. 1957. USA. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Courtesy MGM/Photofest

Designing Woman. 1957. USA. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. 118 min.

Screenplay by George Wells. With Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Gray. Minnelli’s 1957 romantic comedy is an account of shifting gender roles in postwar America, with Peck as a manly-man sportswriter tossed into the metrosexual world of his new wife, a successful designer (Bacall). In a rare acting role, Jack Cole plays Randy Owen, a demanding, unmistakably gay choreographer in the mold of…Jack Cole. Though not strictly a musical, the film includes a glorious backstage number, "There'll Be Some Changes Made,” starring Dolores Gray (as coached by Cole assistant Barrie Chase). Always ahead of his time, Cole kicks it in the film’s dance-as-combat martial-arts finale.

  1. Thursday, February 4, 2016,
    7:00 p.m.

    Introduced by choreographer Wayne Cilento
    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Friday, January 22, 2016,
    4:00 p.m.

    Introduced by Barrie Chase
    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
This film accompanies All That Jack (Cole).