The season celebrating the career of Ginger Rogers will run from the 27th March until the 30th April.
The BFI have confirmed the full programme for All That Sass, a new season celebrating the work of Ginger Rogers which will feature special events and screenings running from the end of March.
Highlights of the season will include the BFI distribution re-release of Top Hat, along with screenings of other classic musicals including The Barkleys of Broadway and Gold Diggers of 1933. Elsewhere, the season will also highlight the actress’s comedic roles in films such as Monkey Business and Billy Wilder’s debut film The Major and the Minor as well as her dramatic turns in films such as Storm Warning.
There will also be a number of special events and talks to introduce audiences to Rogers’ long and storied career. On the 30th March a season introduction, Backwards and in High Heels, will explore the widely ranging roles that Ginger Rogers played with speakers Lucy Bolton, Pamela Hutchinson and David Benedict, covering comedies, musicals and dramas while delving into her legacy and unique star persona. On the 8th April the BFI celebrate Fred & Ginger Day, with an illustrated talk on the magic of Fred and Ginger by Miles Eady, film writer and curator, alongside screenings of Shall We Dance (Mark Sandrich, 1937), Top Hat (Mark Sandrich, 1935) and The Barkleys of Broadway(Charles Walters, 1949). Writer and film critic Pamela Hutchinson will present a free Introduction to Ginger Rogers for members of our 25 & Under scheme on 12 April,examining the star’s impact beyond her success, and City Lit at the BFI: Ginger Rogers and All That Sass, a four-week course accompanying the season, will also explore the life and films of this great actor – who sometimes played a great dancer.
While she became known through her dance partnership with Fred Astaire, this season looks to explore her individual stage presence and sass, and the mischievous, deft comic-timing which was present in every one of her movies.
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