RiverRun Retro, presented by Nelson Mullins, welcomes Christopher Hart, son of Moss Hart and Kitty Carlisle Hart, and Foster Hirsch, professor of film at Brooklyn College and author of 16 film and theatre books. On Sunday, January 14 at 5:00 pm, there will be a screening of A Night at the Opera at RED Cinemas in Greensboro. Hart’s mother, Kitty Carlisle, co-starred in the film. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Christopher Hart and Foster Hirsch.
“A Night at the Opera” was released in 1935 and was the first Marx Brothers film for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Their co-stars in the production include Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones and Margaret Dumont, a regular comic foil for the Marx Brothers who Groucho Marx once described as “practically the fifth Marx Brother.” One of the brothers’ most famous scenes is featured in the film as a stateroom on a ship gets overly crowded with a variety of individuals. The film was adapted by George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, and Al Boasberg (uncredited) from a story by James Kevin McGuinness and was directed by Sam Wood.Kitty Carlisle Hart had a career that encompassed films, television, the Broadway stage and the Metropolitan Opera. Additionally, she was very active in historic preservation and served as chair of the New York State Council on the Arts. Mrs. Hart was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1991 and was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1999.
Foster Hirsch will moderate the onstage program with Chris Hart. Hirsch, a professor of film at Brooklyn College, is the author of 16 books on film and theatre topics and has curated and hosted programs for such organizations as the American Cinematheque, Film Forum, National Arts Club and many others.
Tickets for “A Night at the Opera” are $12 and available at the RED Cinemas box office or at redcinemas.com.