On Screen/Sound: No. 8
Cally Spooner / Mervyn Le Roy
Introduced by London-based artist Cally Spooner, the final fall event for the On Screen/Sound series presents an evening exploring the specificities of transforming the musical from theater to screen.
Cally Spooner's EMPAC-produced musical And You Were Wonderful, On Stage is a picture that appropriates the choreography of different performance genres, such as the Broadway musical, the television commercial, and the political speech. Spooner considers how dematerialized, indeterminate, unmediated performance can sit within the extreme visibility of entertainment and today's attention economies.
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Sound Recording, the iconic Busby Berkeley-choreographed musical Gold Diggers of 1933 was based on the play by Avery Hopwood and translated to screen by director Mervyn Le Roy. Including expansive overhead shots that follow classic Berkeley set-pieces, the musical is set to songs by Harry Warren and Al Dubin.
Courtesy the artists, and Swank Motion Pictures.