The Reclamation of the Musical or How to Stop Worrying and Love the Dance

“People often say to me, ‘You love film so much and take it so seriously — how can you love musicals?’” says William Morris, curator of this month’s The Reclamation of the Musical or How to Stop Worrying and Love the Dance film series. Morris believes you can do both.

During the course of four screenings — including tonight’s showing of the 2002 French musical 8 Femmes — the movie expert will highlight the diversity in the often misunderstood world of the musical, one he says is unfairly cast as pandering and escapist.

“In reality, musicals can confront, address and sometimes even heal wounds for cultures,” says Morris, who has chosen works by French, Japanese and American filmmakers to give a complete global picture of the musical in modern cinema. He adds that it often takes a little more digging on the part of a movie watcher to find the musicals with deeper plots and colorful cultural commentary, but these films have existed since the Golden Age of Hollywood.

8 Femmes begins at 7:30 p.m. at Cafe Max, 2412 East Colfax Avenue; admission is free. The weekly series runs each Wednesday night in January; a companion series, also curated by Morris and featuring more musicals, will screen for free on Monday nights at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton. For more information, go to the Facebook events pages or drafthouse.com/denver/littleton.
Wed., Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m., 2015

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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