A Little Harmless Fun: Jeanine Basinger on Movie Musicals
Jeanine Basinger, founder and curator of the Wesleyan Cinema Archives, chairwoman of the Film Studies department at Wesleyan University, and author of many books about the cinema, will chat with arts writer Frank Rizzo on Wednesday, March 4. Basinger, whom The New York Times called “one of the most acclaimed film historians of her generation,” has a new book, The Movie Musical! The talk will cover her life and career, the “Wesleyan Film Mafia” in Hollywood – whose members include her former students Michael Bay, Joss Whedon, and others — and her experiences in bringing the papers of such luminaries as Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Frank Capra, Elia Kazan, Ingrid Bergman, Jonathan Demme, and John Waters to the Wesleyan Cinema Archive. A book sale and signing will follow the talk.