The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T
Dir. Roy Royland, 89 mins, USA, 1953, 16mm
Scripted by Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), this live action musical adventure is a strange but delightful dreamscape, true to the Seussian madness we all know and love. The story follows Bartholomew Collin who’d rather daydream of the eccentrically fantastic rather than take part in his despised piano lessons. Sure enough, he finds himself a captive awaiting the realization of his piano teacher’s lifelong dream, 500 little boys with 5000 little fingers practicing 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on a great piano. It is up to Bart to release his poor entranced mother from the villainous grasp of Dr. Terwilliker and foil the grand opening of his Terwilliker Institute. Featuring an expansive musical score by Frederick Hollander, The 5000 fingers of Dr. T is an exciting and somewhat sentimental (and surreal!) addition to this year’s program.
The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T is screening on Sunday, June 22nd at 3pm at The Globe Cinema.