Free screening of ‘Top Hat’ in Barrington

Fred and Ginger

BARRINGTON — Librarian Doug Swiszcz’s film lecture series, “Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance!: The Evolution of Movie Musicals,” continues with 1935’s “Top Hat,” one of 10 musicals that Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made together. A farcical story line involving mistaken identity provides the narrative framework, but it’s Fred and Ginger dancing to a Irving Berlin score that is the film’s raison d’être. Fred advances, Ginger demurs, but in the end we know that the pair will end up in each other’s arms. The dances were filmed as nearly as possible in complete takes to convey the performances as an organic whole.

Screening of “Top Hat”

WHERE: Barrington Public Library, 281 County Road, Barrington

WHEN: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3

COST: Free

MORE INFO: 401/247-1920;