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Sep 13, 2017

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Merrill Memorial Library

Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, ME




(207) 846-4763

Humoresque – Merrill Film Society at Merrill Memorial Library

Merrill Film Society screens Humoresque from 1947 on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7 PM in Merrill Memorial Library’s Lewis Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Many people consider Humoresque to be both Joan Crawford’s and John Garfield’s greatest performances. Joan Crawford, fresh from an Oscar for Mildred Pierce, plays Helen Wright, a wealthy but unhappily married patroness of the arts who becomes interested in the talent of a younger violinist before she becomes romantically involved with him. The violinist, Paul Boray, is played by John Garfield, whose face always earned him roles as street toughs. Not here. Paul grows up in a working class family, some of whom resent him for playing music instead of working. A fellow music student, Gina, falls in love with him, and Helen, who has the means to help Paul establish his career, competes for his attention, which he ultimately devotes to his music. Isaac Stern plays the violin we hear and see in close-up. Oscar Levant plays Paul’s friend Sid and actually plays the piano as seen in the film.