Scenes through the Cinema Lens event
Over the years, this series has featured memorable scenes from American musicals in which dancers display incredible agility and grace. For this program, we have distilled it down to the absolute best. We’ll watch the Nicholas Brothers, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelley, and Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, all of them defying gravity and making it seem very simple.
“Scenes Through the Cinema Lens” is curated and hosted by Krin Gabbard, who teaches in the Jazz Studies program at Columbia University. In 2014 he retired from Stony Brook University where he had, since 1981, taught classical literature, film studies, and literary theory. His books include Psychiatry and the Cinema (1987), Jammin’ at the Margins: Jazz and the American Cinema (1996), Black Magic: White Hollywood and African American Culture (2004), Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture (2008), and Better Git It in Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus (2016). At Columbia he teaches courses on jazz and American culture.