Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 1 Tue, Dec 20, 2022 7:00 PM


Best of the Big Screen!

Tuesday, December 20th at 7:00 PM

Judy Garland Centennial Celebration!


Introduction by Philip Harwood

Members $10 | Public $15

Join us for a very special big screen celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary star Judy Garland, featuring a screening of one of her most beloved movies! In the world of classic Hollywood, few studio runs are as legendary as the string of musicals (including On the TownThe Band WagonSingin’ in the Rain) former Tin Pan Alley songwriter Arthur Freed produced at M-G-M. It was Freed who was responsible for casting Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz and bringing director Vincente Minnelli to Hollywood and it was Freed who paired the two future spouses in one of our favorite movies, an unlikely musical adaptation of Sally Benson’s naturalistic short story collection Meet Me in St. Louis. Beginning in the summer of 1903 and ending in the following spring, Meet Me in St. Louis chronicles a very busy year in the lives of the Smith family amidst the excitement leading up to the 1904 World’s Fair. Oldest daughter Rose (Lucille Bremer) waits in vain for a marriage proposal from her flakey beau, youngest daughter Tootie (Margaret O’Brien, delivering the best child screen performance ever!) runs afoul of the whole neighborhood, their sister Esther (Garland) awkwardly woos the boy next door while working overtime as her family’s emotional rock, and Grandpa Joe does his best to be an anchor for her. A treasure trove of iconic musical numbers, unforgettable supporting performances, wistfully beautiful images, gently disquieting nostalgia, and all manner of other things sweet and bitter, Meet Me in St. Louis is one of the great movie masterpieces! (USA, 1944, 113 min., color, DCP / Director: Vincente Minnelli / Cast: Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, June Lockhart, Hugh Marlowe)

Judy Garland in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944)

Film poster for MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944)