USA | 1958 | 143 min | NR
“Live! Live! Live! Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!”
Based on the hit stage musical of Patrick Dennis’s bestselling memoir, a ten-year-old orphan goes to live with his free-spirited aunt at her 3 Beekman Place duplex. The estate trustee disapproves of the eccentric grande dame’s lifestyle. Parties, hi-jinx, thematic costumes and frequent interior re-decoration ensue.
Director: Morton DaCosta
Cast: Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne
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After the movie, join Nathalie Atkinson in conversation with special guest Tommy Smythe—designer, television presenter and contributing House & Home editor—about the inventive art direction that has been a favourite and a lasting influence on designers like Jonathan Adler. Nominated for six Academy Awards, AUNTIE MAME is a rite of passage for every aspiring interior decorator.
With sumptuous costumes by Orry-Kelly (Some Like it Hot, Casablanca), the 1958 musical is a cult classic thanks to iconic star Rosalind Russell, the ever-changing sets of George James Hopkins (My Fair Lady, Hello Dolly!) and the overall striking art direction by production designer Malcolm C. Bert.
ABOUT AUNTIE MAME
USA 1958 143 min. PG
Directed by Morton DaCosta
Written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Starring Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker and Peggy Cass
ABOUT TOMMY SMYTHE
Tommy Smythe is a designer, television presenter and contributing House & Home editor.
Door prize: Schreiner, courtesy authors Carole Tanenbaum, Eve Townsend and Glitterati Press
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