"King of Jazz " screening at the American Film Institute Saturday, December 3, 2016

December 3, 2016
The American Film Institute will present a special showing of the freshly restored film classic King of Jazz Saturday December 3, 2016 at the AFI Silver Theatre hosted by authors David Pierce and James Layton

Bandleader Paul Whiteman – the biggest name in American popular music in 1930 – leads this lavish Technicolor music and comedy revue, featuring start players John Boles, Laura LaPlante, Jeannette Loff and a young Bing Crosby, singing in the Rhythm Boys triol.  The film makes for a fascinating curio: strained humor, a giant rotating stage, a bizarre animated sequence (by Walter Lantz, later of Woody Woodpecker fame) and the elephant in the room of race; the musicians are exclusively white.

Watch the movie trailer here.

The screening will be at 1:20 PM at the AFI Silver Theatre, located at 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. 

Join us at the Tastee Diner after the film for a late lunch and discussion.  The Tastee Diner is at 8601 Cameron Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910.