Stars! Laughs! Songs! Spectacle! And Beauty!
Or so says the original theatrical trailer for 1949s Neptunes Daughter, a musical comedy shot partially in Central Floridas Weeki Wachee Springs. The exclamation points arent an exaggeration. Filmed in 30s-style Technicolor, the flick features enormous set pieces, ham-handed physical comedy, a full orchestra, and a chorus line of mermaids called the Neptunettes. In other words, its a cult classic.
No wonder, then, its the first film in the Wolfsonians summer series, Guilty Pleasures. The four flicks probably wont receive the Criterion Collection treatment anytime soon, but each has that certain je ne sais quoi that keeps us coming back. In the case of Neptunes Daughter, it could be Ricardo Montalbans turn as a womanizing polo player, or perhaps the classic tune Baby, Its Cold Outside, which, when you think about it, is a pretty crazy choice for a movie about mermaids.
This Thursdays screening is free for members and students; ten-dollar two-for-one admission for everyone else.
Thu., Aug. 6, 7 p.m., 2009