The Walker Art Center begins the 32nd year of its summer series combining classic movies with top musical acts. This year's movie theme is "Elected!"—showcasing a diverse group of Hollywood films with a political theme, ranging from the Marx Brothers to The Manchurian Candidate. The film series leads off with Duck Soup, often cited as one of the Marx Brothers' best and funniest movies. Made in 1933, during the reign of Mussolini and the rise of Hitler, it's a zany farce about war, politics, and dictatorship. Groucho is Rufus T. Firefly, the leader of the bankrupt country of Freedonia. Chico and Harpo are inept spies from a neighboring country intent on taking over Freedonia. (Duck Soup contains the classic "mirror" scene, in which Harpo pretends to be Groucho's reflection in a missing mirror.) The Alarmists will perform at 7 p.m., before the screening at dusk.
Other films in the series include:
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Groucho Marx in Duck Soup
SUMMER MUSIC AND MOVIES Loring Park, Mondays from July 14 to August 18