PAST FILM SCREENING
December 4 – 2PM + 7:30PM
UK, 2019 – Rated: PG – 118 minutes
Directed by Rupert Goold
Cast: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Bella Ramsey
Beloved actor, singer, dancer, and vaudeville star Judy Garland had a career that spanned over four decades. Depicting her last engagement on the stage, Judy stars the inimitable Renée Zellweger (Chicago, Cold Mountain) as the American icon in her final act.
In the winter of 1968, Garland travelled to England for a sold-out, five-week engagement at the Talk of the Town nightclub in London. Nearly 30 years after she starred as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz — the role she became so widely beloved and remembered for — Garland arrived in London with deteriorating health and a plethora of difficult situations nipping at her heels. Plagued by substance abuse issues, predatory management figures, and a series of turbulent, failed marriages, Garland had left the United States during a period of financial instability, hoping to make her London run a success. But a lifetime of physical and mental health issues and the exploitative nature of those in charge of her well-being would not be left behind so easily. Featuring a career-defining turn for Zellweger (herself no stranger to the cruelties of Hollywood scrutiny), Judy showcases some of the star’s most iconic songs like you’ve never experienced them before: the cheery, bright show tunes that she performed until the end reveal a pensiveness and melancholy here, asking you to consider the life lived behind the smile.
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