Film Screening: Chance at Heaven (RKO, 1933)
Film Screening: Chance at Heaven
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm
NYU Department of Cinema Studies
721 Broadway, 6th Floor
How did Hollywood cinema reflect, deflect, influence, inspire, and steal from modernism’s new aesthetics? Directed by William Seiter with art direction by Van Nest Polglase and Perry Ferguson, Chance at Heaven (RKO, 1933) depicts a rural garage mechanic with ambitions (Joel McCrea) who is engaged to a small-town girl (Ginger Rogers) whose house is both up-to-date and country, a potential haven for their life together. Then he runs off with a rich, glamorous society girl (Marian Nixon), to a New York City steeped in urban, chic, modern taste. With commentary by Drake Stutesman, Adjunct Professor of Cinema Studies (TSOA) and Costume Studies (Steinhardt), NYU.
Co-sponsored by NYU’s Department of Cinema Studies and Grey Art Gallery.
Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson, on view at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, September 7-December 9, 2017.