Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tivoli Reopens with a Trio of Offbeat Movies

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tivoli Reopens with a Trio of Offbeat Movies

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THE Tivoli Theatre in University City's Delmar Loop reopens today after major restoration. The venerable art house, which closed in September, now has three auditoriums. The full story of the restoration will be on Sunday's Arts and Entertainment pages in the Everyday section.

Here, in alphabetical order, are the movies that will be shown beginning today on the Tivoli's three screens. "A GREAT DAY IN HARLEM" No MPAA rating. Running time: 1 hour.

This exquisite documentary, which was nominated this year for an Academy Award, tells the story of a remarkable gathering in 1958. A young Esquire photographer was naive enough to think he could get most of the great jazz musicians of the day to show up at 10 a.m. for a group photo on the steps of a Harlem brownstone.

Remarkably, by 11 or so, 57 men and women had showed up, and some of their names are Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Sonny Rollins, Mary Lou Williams, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Gerry Mulligan, Marian McPartland, Horace Silver, Charles Mingus, Red Allen, Jimmy Rushing and Thelonious Monk. Using variants and close-ups of the main black-and-white photo, brief color movies taken at the time, interviews with surviving musicians (including Dizzy Gillespie, who passed away after the making of the film) and much musical footage, Jean Bach has put together a thoroughly delightful movie.

Also shown on the same bill will be "Jammin' the Blues," one of the best of all short jazz documentaries. It features, among other notables, Billie Holiday and Lester Young.

***** "THE LAST GOOD TIME" Rating: R, language, brief nudity. Running time: 1:40.

A dignified old widower (Armin Mueller-Stahl) lives in a shabby New York apartment with his violin and his memories of his beautiful young wife. When an impoverished, uneducated young woman (Olivia d'Abo) who has been staying upstairs is beaten and thrown out by her hoodlum boyfriend, the widower, against his better judgment, ends up taking her in. …

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