Film Club presents “Hairspray”
The film club presents a film in English once a month on a Saturday afternoon. This showing will be of “Hairspray”. In 1962, Tracy Turnblad is a heavyset high school student living in Baltimore. Along with her best friend Penny Pingleton, Tracy frequently watches The Corny Collins Show, a local teen dance television show. The teenagers who dance on the show attend Tracy and Penny’s high school, among them Amber von Tussle and her boyfriend Link Larkin, the lead dancers. Amber’s mother, Velma, manages the station WYZT, ensuring that Amber is prominently featured. Corny Collins and the dancers on the show are white, and Velma only allows African-American dancers on the show once a month on “Negro Day”, hosted by R&B disc jockey Motormouth Maybelle. One day, one of the dancers on the show takes a leave of absence, and auditions for a replacement are held the next day. Tracy attends, but Velma rejects for her overweight physique and for supporting integration. Tracy is given detention for missing class in order to attend the audition, and discovers the “Negro Day” kids practicing in the detention room. Tracy befriends Seaweed, Motormouth Maybelle’s son, who teaches Tracy several dance moves. As Tracy leaves detention, she inadvertently bumps into Link, and dreams of a life with him. At a record hop, Tracy’s new moves attract Corny’s attention, and he chooses her to join the show. Watch the trailer here.
Screening begins at 3 o’clock sharp and will be followed by a discussion in English. This activity is free and open to all library members. If possible, please reserve by signing up at the front desk.
Location: English-language Library in Angers