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The Lady Eve (PG)
Fri 15 February @ 8:00 pm£7 – £10
The Lady Eve (PG) – 1941, USA, 92 mins
Director: Preston Sturges
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn
“Sturges’s superb screwball comedy is hilarious, wild and romantic” BFI
Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda are perfectly matched in this Sturges classic. Stanwyck is the card sharp who sets out to fleece earnest, millionaire ophiologist (snake expert) Fonda on a liner from South America, only to fall in love with him. When he breaks off their romance, she poses as glamorous English aristocrat “the Lady Eve Sidwich” in order to win him back.
While not as well know as either Howard Hawks or Billy Wilder, Preston Sturges was the master of screen screwball comedy and his run of eight films during his golden period is perhaps the greatest sequence of work by any director – ever. Between 1940 and 1944 the credit ‘Written and Directed by Preston Sturges’ became a landmark of the inspired chaos within – with social commentary buoyed by a singularly illogical narrative logic and structural audacity, and a deep-rooted humanism underscoring madcap farce. Catch this inspired work before Sullivans Travels – his celebrated masterwork about a comedy film director (Joel McCrea) who goes on the road in search of more socially significant material for his next film, O Brother, Where Are Thou? (A title famously purloined by the Coen brothers.)
“You can’t get a better romantic comedy than The Lady Eve” Peter Bogdanovich
“One of the warmest, funniest, most romantic movies ever made” Indiewire
Doors open for fine wines and all manner of drinks at 7pm. Film starts at 8pm