Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 142: Fri May 23

Jewel Robbery (Dieterle, 1932): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 5.45pm

This is part of the Hollywood Babylon: Early Talkies before the Censor of pre-Code films at the BFI. The pre-Code movies included in the blog are recommended by the London Film Festival programmer Clyde Jeavons. This also screens on May 24th. Details here.

Here is the BFI introduction: A delightfully amoral comedy as only the pre-Code era could provide, Jewel Robbery offers sex, adultery, armed robbery, drug use and wickedly-racy dialogue. Kay Francis plays a Viennese woman who has married a dull man for his money (not that it stops her taking lovers on the side). When one of her many shopping trips to a jeweller’s is rudely interrupted by William Powell’s impeccably urbane jewel thief, it’s love at first sight.

The film screens with the Ernst Lubitsch classic Trouble in Paradise

Here (and above) is the trailer. 

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