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The Vintage Guide To London | April 16, 2014

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At the BFI Southbank: Screwball!

At the BFI Southbank: Screwball!
Lena Weber

Irrepressibly gag-greased explorations of America’s great divides, the classic screwball comedies of the Thirties and Forties come under the BFI’s admiring scrutiny in January 2013.

You can go back further if you like, notably to Lubitsch’s gorgeously immoral and sexy Trouble in Paradise (1932), but 1934 is usually thought the first year of screwball, with the release of It Happened One Night and Twentieth Century. For the next ten years Hollywood produced a dazzling succession of screwball comedies.

This season screens 21 of them (plus a 1952 coda in Hawks’ Monkey Business), including many familiar titles such as The Philadelphia Story and Bringing Up Baby, but also some rarely- screened gems.

Screwball!
BFI Southbank
From 1 Jan 2013

 

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