Opinion

On Thursday, Jan. 29, the Massapequa Park Movie Man, John Carpenter will inaugurate his 2009 schedule with a showing of Roxie Hart, the classic film starring Ginger Rogers.

The film will be shown at the Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Lane at both 1:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Roxie Hart is, according to Carpenter, a "screwball comedy version" of the famed musical, Chicago. He added that this is the third version of Chicago made for audiences to enjoy. And as it heralds the Movie Man's first program of the new year, the showing promises to have all that attend taping their feet and dancing in the aisles.

By special request of Judy Brower, the Bar Harbour Library's Program Director, Carpenter has not only compiled a film not yet released on DVD, he also has one complete with footage that will have audience members understanding why in the era that Roxie Hart is recreating, music and dance had a grip on the soul of many Americans.

Carpenter will also feature and explain various Ginger Rogers newsreel segments featuring her being dressed as a male and dancing with the female attired Jack Oakie. The showing will highlight an actual Roxie takeout where Ms. Rogers was to perform a "wild" version of the once-famous Charleston dance routine, one ordered by the director William Wellman, but later cut when the actress practically collapsed from the workout.

In Roxie Hart, Ginger Rogers plays an aspiring showgirl whose husband kills a man. In order to boost her career in show business, she decides to take credit for it. Although Roxie enlists the services of top lawyer, Billy Flynn, the whole project is something of a gamble.

Over the past year, Carpenter's showings have attracted Standing Room Only crowds at not only the Massapequa Library, but also at those throughout Long Island.

Among those attending have been Joe Franklin, The Nostalgia King who once introduced Carpenter to an audience with a remark that he enjoyed the film showings so much that he would be willing to crawl through a tiny basement window just to have hours of viewing time to stroll down what is now local cinemas own Memory Lane.


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