Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 1: Wed Jan 1

Duck Soup (McCarey, 1933) & A Night at the Opera (Wood, 1935):
Rio Cinema, 2.30pm & 4pm

Duck Soup is the greatest of the Marx Brothers' movies - and is being screened in a double-bill with A Night at the Opera.

Chicago Reader review of Duck Soup:
The Marx Brothers' best movie (1933) and, not coincidentally, the one with the strongest director—Leo McCarey, who had the flexibility to give the boys their head and the discipline to make some formal sense of it. Groucho is Rufus T. Firefly, brought in by Margaret Dumont to restore order to the crumbling country of Freedonia; his competition consists of two bumbling spies, Chico and Harpo, sent in by the failed Shakespearean actor (Louis Calhern) who runs the country next door. The antiwar satire is dark, trenchant, and typical of Paramount's liberal orientation at the time.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the famous lemonade vendor scene.

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