Merola Goes To The Movies: Pirates of Penzance

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Starring: Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, Rex Smith, Angela Lansbury
Directed by Wilford Leach, Rated G, 112 minutes; 1983

Straight from its Tony-winning Broadway run is the 1983 film adaption of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta about a band of  swashbuckling and tenderhearted pirates who set out on a course of high seas hijinks. Performed in English.

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The Merola Opera Program and the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch are teaming up to show you some of the best operas captured on film!   Merola Goes to the Movies showcases classic operas and performances, featuring some of the world’s greatest opera stars. Each film is preceded by a talk by one of our Merola representatives, who will give you an insider’s look at the opera and interesting facts about the making of the film. 

All screenings start at 1:00 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium.

(Photo credit: David Wakely)

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