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Screen: Special Showings

42nd Street

When: Fri., Jan. 15, 8 p.m. 2016

42ND STREET

FRIDAY, JAN. 15, RALEIGH

N.C. MUSEUM OF ART'S SECU AUDITORIUM—If you're feeling gripped by that ineffable January air of depression, this classic Depression-era musical might be just the thing to toss some zing into S.A.D. season. Directed with grit and verve by Lloyd Bacon, 42nd Street boasts a plot that wasn't a cliché in 1933 but has since become as familiar as, say, the crook who wants to get out of the crime business after one last score. Here, the big-name star of a Broadway musical breaks an ankle at the last minute, giving an untested chorus girl (played by Ruby Keeler) her big chance. Written before the censorious Hays Code went into effect, the film is a wonder of innuendo and bluntness ("It must have been hard on your mother, not having any children," Ginger Rogers snaps at a hapless newbie) that's like a breath of wonderfully toxic air. The focus of NCMA's Winter Films series is dance, and several of these sequences, staged by the legendary Busby Berkeley, are among the greatest ever committed to celluloid. In the opening slot is Me and My Pal, a Laurel & Hardy short. Come and meet those dancing feet, and bring a pal. 8 p.m., $5$7, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, 919-715-5923, www.ncartmuseum.org. —David Klein

Price: $5-$7

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