The Effect of Dada and Surrealism on the 1930's

Local film archivist Dennis Nyback presents a special 16mm program: The Effect of Dada and Surrealism on Hollywood Movies of the 1930's. Hollywood took Dada and Surrealism and cheerfully dumped them into American movies with no explanation or framing devices in the early 30s. This program shows great example of scenes from films that jumped on the Dada and Surrealism bandwagon to delight and mystify viewers reeling from the Great Depression.

Program List:

THE BIG BROADCAST (1932)
Opening title and credits and opening scene

NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK  (1941) W.C. Fields’ most Surreal and Dada feature.  Race to the hospital scene.

THE BIG BROADCAST (1932)
Bing Crosby enters

DAMES (1934)
Busby Berkeley I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU sequence

DUCK SOUP (1933)
Battle finale

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE (1933)
W. C. Fields arrives in China

MONTE CARLO (1930)
Excerpt, Jeanette MacDonald sings from the train, the peasants in the fields join in.

Love Me Tonight (1932)
Hunting scene in which Jeanette MacDonald says “There are things too noble, too refined, to be made ridiculous.”  That sums up what Dada faced in 1916.

DAMES (1934)
Busby Berkeley sequence title song.

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE (1933)
Ending scene and credits
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Showtimes

Thursday 01/15/15