Film Series “Young Man with a Horn”
6:30pm EDT August 20
Rogers Center for the Arts
Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, Hoagy Carmichael
Directed by Michael Curtiz, Not Rated, 111 minutes, 1950
This “band on the road” film is loosely based on the tragic life and death of jazz great Bix Beiderbecke, here named Rick Martin and played by Kirk Douglas. After flourishing in the Black-dominated jazz scene of the 1920s, the Beiderbecke-inspired Martin character eventually turns to booze and bleak desperation before being saved by friends and band mates played Doris Day and Hoagy Carmichael.
Commentary begins at 6:30 p.m.
Film Screening at 7:00 p.m.