Chance at Heaven (RKO, 1933)
October 11, 2017
How did Hollywood cinema reflect, deflect, influence, inspire, and steal from Modernism’s new aesthetics? Directed by William Seiter with art direction by Van Nest Polglase and Perry Ferguson, Chance at Heaven (RKO, 1933) depicts a rural garage mechanic with ambitions (Joel McCrea) who is engaged to a small-town girl (Ginger Rogers) whose house is both up-to-date and country, a potential haven for their life together. Then he runs off with a rich, glamorous society girl (Marian Nixon), to a New York City steeped in urban, chic, modern taste. With commentary by Drake Stutesman, Adjunct Professor of Cinema Studies (TSOA) and Costume Studies (Steinhardt), NYU.
This event is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson.
Co-sponsored by NYU’s Department of Cinema Studies and Grey Art Gallery.
Free of charge, RSVP required, seating is limited, programs are subject to change. Photo ID required for entrance to NYU buildings.
Wednesday October 11, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Michelson Theater, Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway, Room 648
Week of October 8th
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