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Martini Movie Night: Roberta

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Members $40
Public domain.

Martini Movie Night


Join us for a screening of the 1935 musical film Roberta starring Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Randolph Scott.

Fun’s in fashion in Roberta, the third Astaire-Rogers film. Former Harvard football star John Kent (Randolph Scott) suddenly inherits his aunt’s Parisian dress shop, Roberta. Utterly clueless about the world of haute couture, John and his friend, performer Huck Haines (Fred Astaire), seek help from fashion designer Stephanie (Irene Dunne) and fiery Countess Scharwenka (Ginger Rogers), whom Huck recognizes as his small-town sweetheart, Lizzie. When John’s snobbish ex-beau Sophie (Claire Dodd) arrives, he must reconsider his budding feelings for Stephanie.

Theater snacks and light fare will be served with gin and vodka martinis at 5:30 pm. The movie begins at 6:15 pm.

This event is sponsored by Young Patrons.

Explore Roberta’s origins in literature and on stage in the Athenæum’s circulating and special collections. Read Gowns by Roberta, Alice Duer Miller’s novel that inspired the Broadway musical and its film adaptation. Make a research appointment to study sheet music featured in the film by composer Jerome Kern, including Lovely to Look At, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and I Won’t Dance.

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Most programs held in the Henry Bayard Long Room on the Athenaeum's first floor are amplified and assistive listening devices are available for patron use.

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