Frank Sinatra was born one hundred years ago this month. According to some, he was the greatest interpretive artist of the twentieth century. He carefully chose his songs, and he made them his own like no one else before or since. Nevertheless, we now think of his music as inseparable from the highs and lows he experienced as a lover of women, as a presence in the corridors of power, and as an icon of what it meant to be cool. His stature as a serious artist, however, is no longer in doubt. Happily, Sinatra frequently appeared on film throughout his career. We will look at the young, the mature, and the aging Sinatra on film – including some footage that has only recently become available – to document his extraordinary career.
“Scenes through the Cinema Lens” is a film retrospective focusing on the performing arts curated by Krin Gabbard, professor of Comparative Literature and English at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and author of Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture. Viewing includes an informal Q&A.