The Lady Eve (Sturges, 1940): Barbican Cinema, 6.30pm
To celebrate 100 years of the Critics’ Circle, the oldest organisation of its kind in the world, the Barbican are screening the series The Film That Changed My Life. Tonight's screening is introduced by Times film critic Wendy Ide.
Chicago Reader review:
Preston Sturges extended his range beyond the crazy farces that had made
his reputation with this romantic 1941 comedy, and his hand proved just
as sure. Henry Fonda is the heir to a massive beer fortune who has
spent his life in the scientific study of snakes; Barbara Stanwyck is
the con girl who exclaims “What a life!” and sets out to turn Fonda
around. Among the faces who crowd the frames are Charles Coburn, Eugene
Pallette, William Demarest, Eric Blore, Melville Cooper, and Jimmy
Here is an extract.