Friday, August 24, 2018
This free outdoor screening will take place at the Josie Robertson Plaza starting at 8PM on Friday, August 24.
The most popular of the legendary Marx Brothers’ 13 films and the team’s first picture for MGM, A Night at the Opera (1935) endures as one of the funniest comedies ever made. The plot—in which the brothers try to launch the career of an aspiring Italian tenor—allows ample opportunity for their trademark hijinks, from the witty banter of the contract scene to the raucous finale backstage at a performance of Verdi’s Il trovatore.
Alongside Groucho, Chico, and Harpo (this was the first Marx Brothers film without Zeppo), Margaret Dumont and Sig Ruman, two of the brothers’ frequent screen partners, appear as comic foils, with Kitty Carlisle and Allan Jones—both trained opera singers—as the young lovers, Rosa and Riccardo. A co-presentation of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera. See more information here.