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Monday Night Movies-Finnian's Rainbow (1968) G

Event Type: Film Program
Age Group(s): Adult
Date: 3/20/2017
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:45 PM
Description:
 A funny thing happened to Finian's Rainbow in between its debut as a Broadway musical in 1947 and its appearance as a film in 1968. After 21 years, its theme of racial tension in the American South was no longer cutting edge. Still, there is a lot to enjoy in this movie, most notably Fred Astaire in his last lead role in a musical. Fred plays Finian McLonergan, an Irishman who has traveled to America in hopes of planting a pilfered pot of gold near Fort Knox and watching it grow. Even at 69, Fred shows he is still capable of a sprightly step and warbling "Look to the Rainbow." Another plus is the casting of '60s pop icon Petula Clark as his daughter, as she sings with an unaffected loveliness. Finally, the score by Burton Lane and E.Y. Harburg includes two of the best Broadway songs ever written--"Old Devil Moon" and "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?"--as well as the comic ditty "When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love." --David Horiuchi

Runtime: 145 minutes

These movies and programs are paid for by a grant from Gert Salzer Gordon fund.


Library: La Crosse Public Library - Main
Location: Auditorium (Whole)
Contact: Patricia Boge
Contact Number: 608.789.7127