Film: Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
Time: Monday, 02 July, 2012, 17.45
Venue: Filmhouse, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
Tickets: Please buy tickets from the Filmhouse
The speaker will introduce the topic in a 10 minute presentation before the film and will also lead a post-film discussion with the audience
Film: Gold Diggers of 1937 (U)
A theatre company about to go broke takes out a huge insurance policy on their ageing producer. An insurance agent (Dick Powell), charged with keeping him alive so he'll continue paying the premium, must contend with the troupe finding ways to make him sick while also falling in love with the star of their latest show (Joan Blondell).
Includes two memorable Busby Berkeley set pieces: fifty couples canoodling on fifty giant rocking-chairs in 'Let's Put Our Heads Together'; and spunky Joan Blondell leading seventy chorus girls in a military-style tattoo called 'All's Fair in Love and War'.
See also: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0027686/
Guest Speaker: Dr. Simon Bushell
Dr. Simon Bushell is a Research Fellow in the School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews. His research is focussed on the crystallisation of biological molecules: a crucial step in discovering their 3D atomic structure. Busby Berkeley’s choreography is famous for dozens of dancers organising themselves into elaborate kaleidoscopic crystalline arrangements. The aesthetic appeal of crystals have fascinated kings, artists (and prospective fiancées!) for centuries. But for all their seeming complexity, the geometry of how crystals arrange themselves can be explained in just a few basic mathematical rules. Crystallography is central to efforts as diverse as the design of new drugs to treat cancer and infection; the creation of new nanomaterials; and a proposed quantum computer made of just 300 atoms that, if built, would be as powerful as a conventional computer the size of the known universe.
Simon won’t be dancing.