Join us as The Film Salon concludes a short, but very funny, series Rosalind Russell X 2 with a screening of the 1958 comedy Auntie Mame on Saturday, April 1st at 7pm at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
Rosalind Russell had already conquered Broadway in the title role of an eccentric aunt, unflagged by adversity and time, when she and her stage director Morton DaCosta made box-office magic together in this 1958 comedy.
Russell plays Mame Dennis, the life of the New York party scene. An open-minded bon vivant with a free-spirited entourage in orbit about her, she barely misses a beat when she receives a surprise present: her recently orphaned nephew Patrick (along with his stern Irish maid and conservative trustee). Undaunted by her newfound custodianship, Mame embarks on a twenty-year odyssey of experimental parenting as the film follows her non-traditional family from calamity of the stock market crash to post-war renewal. Unsinkable and unwavering in her lust for life, art and new experiences, Mame meets each challenge and opportunity with enthusiasm, emerging as one of the most iconic female characters of the cinema…and Rosalind Russell's essential role.
"Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!" Auntie Mame is a widescreen and technicolor feast for the eyes and heart.