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Brent Phillips will discuss his new book Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance with author John Fricke
Author Brent Phillips will be in conversation with John Fricke, author of seven books about Judy Garland and The Wizard of Oz. The conversation will provide insight into the work of Academy-Award nominated director-choreographer Charles Walters, one of the least heralded but most accomplished of the behind-the-scenes talents responsible for the great MGM musicals. Walters put his friend Judy Garland through her paces in the trolley scene of Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), the boisterous "tramp" routine with Fred Astaire in Easter Parade (1948) and her definitive, tuxedo-clad "Get Happy" number from Summer Stock (1950). He gave Astaire and Ginger Rogers their final fling in The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), staged some of Esther Williams' splashiest swim numbers including those in Dangerous When Wet (1953), and directed Doris Day's last big musical, Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962). Walters also provided career highlights for Leslie Caron (Lili, 1953), Joan Crawford (Torch Song, 1953), Frank Sinatra (High Society, 1956) and Debbie Reynolds (The Unsinkable Molly Brown, 1964). Prior to working in Hollywood, Walters was a preeminent dancer on Broadway, originating featured roles in Jubilee (1935), I Married an Angel (1938), and Du Barry was a Lady (1939).
WHO: Brent Phillips, author and media archivist, in conversation with John Fricke, author and historian.
WHAT: Conversation about Phillips’s new biography Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance, published by University Press of Kentucky. The talk will include film clips.
"Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance is really a backstager, opening a curtain on a veritable musical factory, where the workers were all experts and the product a lesson in self-confidence. [ . . . ] This is the story of a time in American culture when our life coaches were singers and dancers, because they made happy endings look easy, even deserved. Forget your troubles and just get happy." – Ethan Mordden, Wall Street Journal Book Review, January 10-11, 2015
About Brent Phillips: Brent Phillips is a former Joffrey Ballet soloist and a 2003 graduate of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at the George Eastman House. He holds a BA in English from Hunter College (CUNY) and has taught American History and English at the Harvey Milk High School in New York City. Phillips has worked as the Media Archivist at Fales Library since November 2003, where he safeguards the nearly 90,000 audiovisual holdings from various theater, dance, music, and cinema collections, as well as notable public access television collections like the Gay Cable Network Archive.
About John Fricke: John Fricke is an Emmy Award-winning documentarian, a Grammy-nominated journalist, and an author who is widely-regarded as the preeminent Judy Garland and Wizard of Oz historian. His seven books about Garland and Oz (both the MGM film and greater Oz legend) have been augmented by Fricke's contributions to dozens of compact disc and DVD features about those topics.
WHERE: The talk takes place in Fales Library, third floor, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, (at LaGuardia Place). [Subways A, C, E, B, D, F, M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street.]
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A Century of Conflict: Reflections on War from the Fales Library & Special Collections
The current exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the beginnings of the First World War. Looking back over a century of warfare through the works created by serving soldiers, veterans, non-combatants and the people left behind, the exhibition focuses on how narratives around war have both changed and stayed the same using books, poetry and archival material from the holdings of the Fales Library & Special Collections.
Ranging from poetry to autobiography, fiction to the comic strip, the exhibition ranges from WWI, through the interwar years that saw the rise of fascism and the Spanish Civil War, to the Second World War, Korea and the Cold War and on to Vietnam, culminating in the 21st century’s conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan following the events of 9/11. The exhibition includes material from the papers of Erich Maria Remarque, as well as first editions and rare video footage from the Downtown Collection.
Writer for the People: Charles Dickens in the Fales Collection
This exhibition spans the full extent of the writer’s life, from his earliest sketches under the pseudonym ‘Boz’, to his triumphant tour of America at the height of his fame, and on through his continued popularity and relevance today.
Drawing from the deep and rich holdings that are a cornerstone of the Fales Collection, the exhibition highlights aspects of Dickens that may be less-known, such as his social conscience and theatrical ambitions. Grouped into a series of ten cases, the show covers the early works; major novels; Christmas books; periodical editorship and social criticism as well as including information on his American trip, relationship with illustrators and the results of his popularity as seen through the flood of piracies, parodies and adaptations of his work that continues in the present day.
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