Films about vaudeville, Frida Kahlo on Ransom Centers free summer series

The Harry Ransom Center is hosting a three-movie free film series this summer.

The films dovetail with the center’s collections from Samuel Beckett’s experimental film, to the whackiness of 1920s vaudeville and even a biopic of Frida Kahlo, whose “Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird,” is currently on view in the Ransom Center’s lobby.

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Fort Worth Majestic Program. Hoblitzelle-Interstate Collection. Ransom Center.

Screenings happen in the center’s 125-seat Prothro Theater. Doors open 30 minutes in advance of the 7 p.m. screenings.

The Ransom Center is located at 21st and Guadalupe streets on the edge of the UT campus.

“Film” and “Notfilm”
7 p.m. June 16

  • Samuel Beckett’s sole film project, “Film” (1965), stars Buster Keaton and was directed by Alan Schneider. Recently restored, “Film” will be followed by “Notfilm,” a feature-length experimental essay on “Film.” Runtime of “Film” is 22 minutes, and “Notfilm” run time is 128 minutes.

“Vaudeville and Vitaphone”
7 p.m. June 30

  • In the early days of talkies, Warner Brothers hired some of the top variety stars of the day to create “living sound” recordings of their acts. This “Vaudeville and Vitaphone” series of rarely-seen short films breathes life into the extensive vaudeville collections at the Ransom Center.

“Frida”
7 p.m. July 14

  • Salma Hayek stars as Frida Kahlo in the 2002 film “Frida,” directed by Julie Taymor. Run time is 123 minutes, rated R.

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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