Carnegie Hall

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The Hendersonville Film Society will show Carnegie Hall at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.
Genre: Musical Drama
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Starring: Marsha Hunt, William Prince, Frank McHugh, Martha O'Driscoll
Rated: NR

The Hendersonville Film Society continues its November run of encore screenings of some of the most popular music-themed films. This week they’re bringing back Edgar G. Ulmer’s Carnege Hall (1947), about which I wrote a few years ago, “The silly story — one of those pop music vs. classical music tales — is negligible, but the musical segments make up for this (including one that incorporates the Schumann Piano Quintet Ulmer had used to good effect in The Black Cat). Where else are you going to see Arthur Rubinstein, Jascha Heifetz, Bruno Walter, Ezio Pinza, Risë Stevens, Fritz Reiner and, best of all, Leopold Stokowski in one movie? You have to slog your way through the whole film to get to Stokowski conducting Tchaikovsky’s Fifth, but it’s worth it. Beautifully lit (Stoki’s wild hair was a lighting director’s dream) and shot from clever angles, you immediately understand Rex Harrison extolling the beauty of the maestro conducting with only his hands in Preston Sturges’ Unfaithfully Yours, made the next year.” For the full review go here.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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