Bugsy Malone on 35mm

December 19 and 20 at 6:30pm. On 35mm.

The ingenious directorial debut of Alan Parker (Fame, Pink Floyd–The Wall), Bugsy Malone is a classic gangster film with a few twists. First, it’s also a Paul Williams-composed musical, and second, children, including a 13-year-old Jodie Foster, star in the lead roles. The film takes place during Prohibition shortly after the advent of a new weapon: the marshmallow gun.

A Thing of the Past is Ragtag's new series celebrating contemporary musicals that imaginatively use song and dance to engage with history.

"Bugsy Malone is like nothing else. It's an original, a charming one, and it has yet another special performance by Jodie Foster, who plays a hard-bitten nightclub singer and vamps her way through a torch song by Paul Williams with approximately as much style as Rita Hayworth brought to Gilda." (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

Made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.