USA | 1933 | 97 min | G
A wealthy composer rescues unemployed Broadway performers with a new play.
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Cast: Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Guy Kibbee and Ginger Rogers
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Introduced by series host Nathalie Atkinson in conversation with Elizabeth Semmelhack, senior Bata Shoe Museum curator and adjunct professor at Ryerson School of Fashion, about 1930s fashion and feminism. This screening complements the Bata’s current exhibition “WANT: Desire, Design and Depression Era Footwear.”
ABOUT ELIZABETH SEMMELHACK
Elizabeth Semmelhack is senior curator at the Bata Shoe Museum and adjunct professor at Ryerson School of Fashion. Her work focuses on the construction of gender in relation to dress, with a particular interest in the history of elevating footwear—a focus that began with her first exhibition for the museum in 2001, “Heights of Fashion: A History of the Elevated Shoe.”
Semmelhack has been a consultant for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and has guest curated a number of exhibitions. She has also written many books, most recently Shoes: The Meaning of Style (2017); Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture; Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels and Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century(with co-curator Dr. Alison Matthews David).
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