Today: May 20, 2024

Following the Great Depression, the greatest medicine for a country divided was laughter. Screwball comedies came about in the 30s and 40s off the back of a bleak and dreary time for the US, packed full of gags and glamour.

Following the Great
Depression, the greatest medicine for a country divided was laughter. Screwball
comedies came about in the 30s and 40s off the back of a bleak and dreary time
for the US, packed full of gags and glamour.

Celebrating this fast talking manic season, the BFI Southbank will be screening 21 of
screwball’s finest, taking care to place old faithful against rarely seen gems.
Delving into the ruts of social disruption, class war and unlikely romance, the
riverside cinema will be running the season from the 1st to the 31st
of January.

Highlights include Howard
Hawks’ Twentieth Century
which follows John
Barrymore’s
actor-manager and his protégé Mildred (Carole Lombard,) Katherine
Hepburn
and Cary Grant in the
classic Bringing Up Baby, and Richard Boleslawski’s Theodora Goes Wild starring
Irene Dunne as a woman leading a
double life.

Introducing the season, Peter
Swaab
, author of the BFI classic on Bringing
Up Baby
, gives an illustrated talk on the genre, examining the politics and
ideals crafted into this dimensional era of cinema on January the 3rd.

For details of the full season as well as all upcoming BFI
events, visit the website HERE

Beth Webb - Events Editor

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