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Meet Me In St. Louis (free)

  • Union South Marquee 1308 West Dayton Street Madison, WI, 53715 United States (map)

A perennial critic's favorite, Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) embodies everything one could want in a movie musical, harkening back to a simpler time in Americana when the entertainment selection may have been limited, but the productions were big and bold. Five years after becoming America’s sweetheart in The Wizard Of Oz, Judy Garland stars here as Esther, one of four sisters from St. Louis' well-to-do Smith family. They are experiencing life, love, and self-discovery as Esther falls in love with a boy next door who hasn’t quite taken notice of her just yet. The Smith patriarch might be taking a job in New York, which only serves to complicate matters. The film was directed by Vincente Minnelli and introduced him to Judy Garland. Their marriage went on to produce the Queen of Showbiz herself: Liza Minnelli. This screening isn't part of, but serves as a good prelude to, UW-Cinematheque's upcoming series focusing on the Hollywood innovations of the 1940s, curated by UW-Madison film professor David Bordwell. —Edwanike Harbour

Earlier Event: January 24
Nerd Nite 054 (free)
Later Event: January 25
Rory Scovel (multiple showtimes)