Monday, 30 April 2018

Capital Celluloid 2018 - Day 118: Mon May 7

Theodora Goes Wild (Boleslawski, 1936): Institute of Light, 7.30pm

The Nobody Ordered Wolves' film club's latest offering is this 1930s screwball comedy ... here's Duncan Carson (of Nobody Ordered Wolves) on why he selected this unjustly neglected film: 'Theodora Goes Wild is a film I've really wanted to show for a long time. I'm a really big fan of screwball films, but it's undeniable they are products of their time in terms of gender politics. The standard plot relies on a spirited man encouraging a rule-bound woman into a world of fun. Theodora Goes Wild follows that pattern up to a point, but then the whole thing gets reversed in the second half, which is utterly delightful. I also think it's really interesting to see a film about romance novels. We give these kinds of books really short shrift in culture, while we valorise the male equivalents. It's quite similar to the way people look down their noses at melodramas, while Westerns are cinema classics. I'm really glad author Helen Cox is joining me to talk about writing romance novels and redress some of the balance.'

You can find more details here at the Institiute of Light website.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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