Saluting screen musicals in Barrington

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BARRINGTON —

Jeannette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier star in “Love Me Tonight,” the first movie in librarian Doug Swiszcz’s new film lecture series, “Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance!: The Evolution of Movie Musicals,” which runs for six consecutive Wednesdays starting Sept. 26. The 1932 film is a fanciful tale of a Parisian tailor (Chevalier) who travels to a chateau in the country ostensibly to collect a debt, but who ends up falling in love with the beautiful princess (MacDonald) who lives there. Director Rouben Mamoulian mined the still-new technology of “talking pictures” to effortlessly incorporate sound — both music and ambient noise — into the story. The film is well-served by a romantic Rodgers and Hart score that evokes its fairy tale quality. Here’s the rest of the series lineup: “Top Hat” (Oct. 3), “Meet Me in St. Louis” (Oct. 10), “Singin’ in the Rain” (Oct. 17), “Fiddler on the Roof” (Oct. 24) and “Chicago” (Oct. 31).

Screening of “Love Me Tonight”

WHERE: Barrington Public Library, 281 County Road, Barrington

WHEN: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26

COST: Free

MORE INFO: 401/247-1920; www.barringtonlibrary.org

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