1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year

Friday, November 21 – Thursday, November 27, 2014

1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year • Repertory Series November 21–27“Today movie buffs still marvel at the cosmic alignment that blessed Hollywood in 1939, resulting in the release of so many films now revered as classics, all in one dazzling year… But just as marvelous, and evident in the amazing range and ambition of the hundreds of other titles released that year, is the way Hollywood nearly hummed in that magic moment, with the energy of so much talent, working so efficiently in so many different genres — from Marx Brothers comedies to Goodbye, Mr. Chips tearjerkers, from epics to screwball romances. With better sound recording, dialogue mattered, and playwrights and novelists were hired as screenwriters. With color film processing improved, the world glittered in Technicolor. The era’s great Hollywood honchos may not have been art-house princes back then (or ever), but they knew to keep their artists busy. And audiences knew to keep an open mind when the lights went down at the movie house. As a result, in 1939 Hollywood, the Yellow Brick Road glowed like gold.” – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

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Gone with the Wind


Gone with the Wind


Gunga Din


The Hunchback of Notre Dame


The Women


Ninotchka


The Roaring Twenties


Dark Victory


Mr. Smith Goes to Washington


Destry Rides Again


The Wizard of Oz