This exhibition was inspired by Matthew Kennedy’s new book of the same name, which focuses on the death knell of the extravagant “roadshow” musical films that had inspired two generations of moviegoers from the early days of sound. Although the book is more expansive, the exhibition deals mainly with the last of these glorious dinosaurs, a kind of filmmaking that will never return. Kennedy will be present to sign copies of his book at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 1.

Organized by Charles Silver, Curator, Department of Film.

Special thanks to Matthew Kennedy, Sony Pictures Classics, Warner Bros., UCLA Film & Television Archive, and Universal Pictures.