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starring Lena Horne

Sunday, December 17

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Introduced by film historian and author Donald Bogle. His book Lena Horne: Goddess Reclaimed is available at our concession.

Book signing in lobby following screening.

U.S., 1943
Directed by Andrew L. Stone
Starring Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Nicholas Brothers
Approx. 78 min. 
4K DCP (restored by Cineric, New York).

An all-Black Hollywood extravaganza, with Lena Horne heading a once-in-a-lifetime cast including Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Katherine Dunham and her dance company, Ada Brown, Dooley Wilson (CASABLANCA’s Sam), — performing perhaps the greatest show-stopper in movie history — the amazing dancing Nicholas Brothers.


“Sometimes a skeptical audience sits, ready to reject the film, assuming there will be nothing but stereotyped images… But five minutes into STORMY WEATHER, you’re hooked and never have second thoughts about the remarkable talents of these first-rate Black entertainers.”
– Donald Bogle, Blacks in American Films and Television 

“Both CABIN IN THE SKY [starring Ethel Waters and Lena Horne] and STORMY WEATHER proved to be be magnificent wartime entertainment… Each achieved classic status, as true salutes to great Negro talents of the twentieth century…. The energy in both films remains undiminished, and what shines through always is the gift of Black entertainers:  They truly love their work and cherish sharing it with audiences.”
– Donald Bogle, Lena Horne: Goddess Reclaimed


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