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First Friday Film Series presents: High Society (1956)

Friday Jun 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Monthly series: 1st Friday of every month. Free and open to public.

A speeding bus comes right at us threatening to drive right through the screen. A quick cut at the last moment and suddenly we’re looking at Louis Armstrong, sitting in the back of said bus, worrying a cigarette as if it was his signature axe. Ten seconds in to High Society and we’re already digging Satchmo, and look, a quick zoom-out and the band’s there too. Mr. Armstrong both ushers us in then wraps up this dazzling film, directly addressing the camera first singing the titular tune then closing with, “End of story!” In between we have singing, dancing, several weddings, love triumphant, and a princess.

You’ve got the aforementioned Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly. Kelly is so luminous one immediately thinks, “Now THAT’s a princess!” And indeed, this was her last film role before marrying Prince Ranier so she really is royalty. And Der Bingle jousting with the Chairman of the Board? And Satchmo warming up the band, scurrilous reporters for (the invented just for the movie) SPY Magazine, all against the technicolor backdrop of the “cottages” of Newport. We love this flick and can’t wait to share it with you. Come join us on Friday June 3 at 7:30, won’t you?

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