National Velvet (1944) remains a beloved film in part for its sensitive portrayal of strong, independent female characters. The movie tells the inspiring story of a determined young girl, played by Elizabeth Taylor, who defies societal expectations to pursue her dream of becoming a jockey.
This film showcased Brown's exceptional storytelling abilities and his skill in bringing out the best performances from his actors. Brown was aware of the story's empowering message, particularly for young audiences, and embraced the chance to bring it to life on screen. National Velvet also proved to be a breakthrough performance for 12-year-old Taylor, who would go on to be one of Hollywood’s most famous and celebrated actors. Mickey Rooney co-stars in this classic film.
This screening will take place outdoors at the Plaza at the Clarence Brown Theatre. Guests should bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the presentation.
Free parking is available in the McClung Tower Garage on the UT campus after 5:30.
Clarence Brown Film Festival
This event is part of the Clarence Brown Film Festival, celebrating the work and legacy of Knoxvillian Clarence Brown (1890–1987). Nominated for eight Oscars, Brown directed the biggest stars of the silver screen including Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, and Elizabeth Taylor. Events are free and open to the public.
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