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Film Programs
Street Scene

May 18 at 2:30
East Building Auditorium

Kurt Weill’s 1946 musical theater piece (which opened on Broadway in 1947) was based on the 1929 Elmer Rice play Street Scene and features lyrics by Rice and Langston Hughes with a Whitman-derived love duet. This version was directed by Francesca Zambello for the Houston Grand Opera in the 1990s. Set during the depression of the 1930s, the action takes place outside a New York tenement block on an oppressively hot summer day and was, arguably, the principal triumph of Weill’s career in America. “A true musical melting pot that aptly underlines the rich variety of characters that populate New York City in the 1930s” — Kevin Filipski. (1995, 142 minutes)

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The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.

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