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Release: April 22, 2002

UI symposium celebrates film musical

“Moulin Rouge” enthralled American moviegoers in 2001 with its revival of the grand musical production, but many international cinemas never abandoned this format and viewers around the world go to movies as much for the music as the acting. Highlighting this popular genre, the University of Iowa will host a symposium on “The International Film Musical,” on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 in Room 101 Becker Communication Studies Building. All events, including film screenings, are free and open to the public.

The event, which is designed to explore the popularity of the musical genre as it has been adapted to national musical traditions around the world, will feature presentations by five visiting film scholars, including: Kelley Conway (University of Wisconsin-Madison) on French cinema; Neepa Majumdar (Indiana University) on Indian cinema; John Mundy (University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England) on British cinema; Richard Taylor (University of Wales, Swansea) on Russian cinema; and Sabine Hake (University of Pittsburgh) on German cinema.

The symposium will also feature film screenings of musicals in French and Yiddish, as well as documentaries on Egypt's most famous singer and on Communist musicals.

This event is sponsored by the UI Arts and Humanities Initiative, with additional support from the Institute for Cinema and Culture, the department of cinema and comparative literature, the department of English, and International Programs. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI sponsored events. If you require accommodation to attend this event, please call 335-1348.

A listing of the symposium events follows:

Friday April 26

1 p.m. – Film Screening: “Princess Tam Tam” (Edmond Greville, 1935, 77min.); starring Josephine Baker; in French with English subtitles; 35mm

2:30 p.m.—Welcome and Introduction by Corey Creekmur (University of Iowa): “The Unpopularity of Popular Cinemas”

3:00 p.m. — Kelley Conway (University of Wisconsin-Madison): "The Chanteuse in the Spotlight: Revisiting 1930s French Cinema"

4:00 p.m. — Neepa Majumdar (Indiana University & The University of Pittsburgh): “Guilty Pleasures: Aural Cinema, Authenticity, and Indian Film Songs”

8:00 p.m. — Film Screening: “East Side Story” (Dana Ranga, 1997, 74 min.); in various languages with English subtitles; 35mm

Saturday April 27

9 a.m. — Film Screening: “Umm Kulthum: A Voice Like Egypt” (Michael Goldman, 1996, 67min.); in Arabic with English subtitles; VHS

10:15 a.m. — John Mundy (University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England): “The British Film Musical”

11:15 a.m. — Richard Taylor (University of Wales, Swansea): “The Musical, Stalin Style”

12:15 p.m. — Lunch

1: 15 p.m. — Film Screening: “I Want To Be A Boarder (Ikh Vil Zayn A ‘Boarder’)” (Leo Fuchs, 1937, 15min.); in Yiddish with English subtitles; 16mm; and “His Wife's Lover (Zayn Vaybs Lubovnik)” (1931, 80 min.); in Yiddish with English subtitles; 16mm

3 p.m. — Sabine Hake (University of Pittsburgh): “America as Racialized Other in the West German Review Film of the 1950s”

4 p.m. — Closing Comments by Rick Altman (University of Iowa)