Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 3: Thu Jan 3

My Man Godfrey (La Cava, 1936): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 8.40pm
This film screens as part of the Screwball! season at BFI Southbank. Here are the details.

Chicago Reader review:
'Gregory La Cava's improvisational style received its highest critical acclaim for this 1936 film, a marginally Marxist exercise in class confusion during the Depression. Carole Lombard is the bubbleheaded heiress who needs an oppressed proletarian to round out a scavenger hunt; she picks up tramp William Powell and lets him stay on to be her butler. Meanwhile, mad poet Mischa Auer assumes the role of the intelligentsia under late capitalism by imitating a gorilla.'Dave Kehr

Here is an extract.

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