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Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Sat, Feb 22, 2014

Art Deco Illustrated Presentations 2014
“Theatrical Pioneers of the Art Deco Era: Fanchon and Marco” / FOOTLIGHT PARADE
Co-presented by the American Cinematheque & the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles

Variety magazine called Fanchon and Marco “The most famous brother and sister producing team” and “the standard by which stage shows are judged.” Their work included productions for Paramount, Fox, Republic Pictures, MGM, the Ice Follies, the Hollywood Bowl, a talent school and and dance companies through the ’20s to the ’40s. This illustrated presentation will cover Deco-influenced highlights of their work and history including their famous Prologues which were large scale lavish live stage shows performed along with the screening of feature films. The presenter, Steve Simon, will also speak about Fanchon and Marco's connection to Egyptian Theatre founder Sid Grauman'. The pair had taken over the Metropolitan Theatre from Grauman, and ran The Paramount and several of the Fox West Coast Theaters including what is now the El Capitan.

Steve Simon is the grandson of Fanchon Simon (Wolff). As a member of various Los Angeles preservation organizations (Art Deco Society, LA Conservancy, and the Theatre Historical Society of America), he has been able to feed his life-long interest in Hollywood history, architecture and preservation.

The talk will be followed by FOOTLIGHT PARADE starring James Cagney. The production studio in the film and some of the prologue numbers are based on those orchestrated by Fanchon and Marco.

1933, Warner Bros., 104 min, USA, Dir: Lloyd Bacon

When the Depression forces a director (James Cagney) off the stage, he tries the screen, creating musical “prologues” to be staged in movie theaters before films; to land a big contract, he must mount three massive production numbers in a single night. Cagney is magnetic in a performance arguably superior to his Oscar-winning YANKEE DOODLE DANDY turn, and Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell are equally entertaining in supporting roles. This fast-paced pre-Code dazzler was named to the National Film Registry, thanks at least in part to Busby Berkeley’s spectacular dance sequences.

Screening format: 35mm
Egyptian Theatre • Sat, Feb 22, 2014 • 2:00pm

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