SCREENING, SCREENING + Q&A
Friday, Feb 11, 2022 at 6:30 pm
Location la: Bartos Screening Room
With Penny Lane in person
Dir. Penny Lane. 2016, 79 mins. Digital projection. Using animated reenactments, interviews, archival footage, and a suspiciously authoritative narrator, Penny Lane’s astute and entertaining movie traces the life of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, who rose from poverty and obscurity to the heights of celebrity, wealth, and influence in Depression-era America by building an empire out of a goat-testicle impotence cure and a million-watt radio station. The tale of how and why Brinkley went from famous to infamous, and from a great American success story to the U.S. government’s public enemy #1, is timely today, when the lines between salesmanship and political discourse are as blurred as ever.
Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order online. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.