Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 20: Tue Jan 20

A Night at the Opera (Wood, 1935): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.20pm



This film, part of the Marx Brothers season at BFI Southbank, also screens on 25th and 26th January. Full details here.

Time Out review:
The Marx Brothers at the turning point, just before their gradual descent into mediocrity at the hands of MGM, who wanted their comedy to be rationed and rationalised. It's a top budget job, opulent and meticulous, with its fair share of vices: this is the first Marx Brothers film where you really feel like strangling the romantic leads. But it has even more virtues: there's no Zeppo, the script's generally great (Kaufman and Ryskind), Dumont's completely great, and the Brothers get to perform some of their most irresistible routines - the stateroom scene and all.

Here (and above) is an extract.

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