Ogunquit Performing Arts opens its 17th Annual Classic Film Series  presenting the Neil Diamond film, The Jazz Singer

Ogunquit Performing Arts opens its 17th Annual Classic Film Series  presenting the Neil Diamond film, The Jazz Singer
Sunday November 5, 2017 —2 pm
at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street, Ogunquit.
Admission, parking and popcorn are free.

Jazz Singer

Neil Diamond’s film, The Jazz Singer, opens the 17th Annual Classic Film Series presented by Ogunquit Performing Arts, on Sunday, November 5th at 2:00 pm in the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street, Ogunquit. Free admission, parking and popcorn.

Ogunquit Performing Arts begins its 2017-2018 Classic Film Series with a screening of The Jazz Singer on Sunday, November 5th at 2:00 pm at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street, Ogunquit.  Films are shown on a wall-sized screen; admission, parking and popcorn are free.

The Jazz Singer is a 1980 American musical drama film about the son of a Jewish cantor, who must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of being a popular singer. It is a remake of the 1927 film of the same name, and stars Neil Diamond, Laurence Olivier, and Lucie Arnaz, with direction shared by Richard Fleischer and Sidney J. Furie.

The film was nominated for three golden globes, and the soundtrack was enormously successful, eventually reaching multi-platinum status and becoming Diamond’s most successful album to date.

Neil Diamond composed and sang ten new songs for the picture which were then recorded live on film for the movie. The movie produced three chart-topper hit songs for Diamond, “America”, “Hello Again” and “Love on the Rocks”.  Diamond also said of actor co-star legend Laurence Olivier that he was an inspiration to have around and a revelation to watch as he worked.

Yussel Rabinovitch is a young Jewish cantor performing at the synagogue of his imperious father. Yussel is married to his childhood friend, Rivka, and has settled down to a life of religious devotion to the teaching of his faith.

But on the side, he writes songs for a black singing group, and when a member of the quartet takes ill, Yussel covers for him at one of their gigs by wearing blackface. The nightclub engagement is such a success but one of the patrons at the nightclub notices that Yussel hands are white and calls him out. A fight ensues and the band is arrested. Yussel’s father comes to the jail to bail them out but finds out that there is not a Yussel Rabinovitch there but a Jess Robin. Later his father questions him about that and Yussel tells him it is just a professional stage name he uses when performing. His father reminds him that his singing voice was to be used for God’s purposes not his own, and Yussel’s struggle to determine his true place in the world begins.

Join us for this Neil Diamond showcase!  The film is shown on a full wall-size screen, admission is free, and popcorn is served!

Mark your calendars for the 2017-18 Classic Film showings:

Sunday, Dec 10:  “The Shop Around the Corner” with James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan

Sunday, Jan 7, 2018:  Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes” with Jon Vickers

Sunday, Feb 4: “Dinner at Eight” with Jean Harlow, John Barrymore

Sunday, March 4: “Friendly Persuasion” with Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire

Sunday, April 1: “A Place in the Sun” with Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift

Sunday, May 6: “South Pacific” with Mitzi Gaynor, Rossano Brazzi

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