Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
With special guests Ann-Margret and Bobby Rydell
Hosted by film critic Stephen Farber
GOLD STANDARD SCREENING
Premiering a new digital restoration and screening a Digital Cinema presentation with a newly restored 4-channel stereo soundtrack
Just five years after Elvis Presley was drafted into the army, the satirical “Bye Bye Birdie” had already been written, staged on Broadway, and turned into a film.
When singing sensation Conrad Birdie (Jesse Pearson) is drafted, songwriter Albert Peterson (Dick Van Dyke) and his girlfriend, Rosie DeLeon (Janet Leigh), arrange for Birdie to sing one of Peterson’s songs in a farewell performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." To heighten the drama, the rock 'n' roll star is to give a goodbye kiss to a lucky young lady (Ann-Margret) from Sweet Apple, Ohio – much to the dismay of her steady beau (Bobby Rydell) and parents (Paul Lynde and Mary LaRoche).
George Sidney directed this fun and vibrant adaptation of the successful Broadway musical comedy. The film earned Oscar nominations for both Music and Sound, and features a range of songs, from the youthful “A Lot of Livin’ to Do” to the parental perspective of “Kids.”
Guests are always subject to availability.
Directed by George Sidney. Produced by Fred Kohlmar. Screenplay by Irving Brecher; based on the musical by Michael Stewart, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams. Kohlmar-Sidney Company; Columbia Pictures. 1963. 111 mins. Courtesy of Sony Pictures.
Academy Award nominee: Music – Scoring of Music – Adaptation or treatment (John Green); Sound (Columbia Studio Sound Department, Charles Rice, sound director)
- Wednesday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.
- Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211