This month at the BFI: Howard Hawks season
January at the BFI sees an in-depth study of one of Hollywood’s greatest directors with Howard Hawks Part One. We examine the earlier part of his career, from his silent features to his screwball comedies. He earned his stripes in the employment of William Fox, making Paid to Love (1927) and A Girl in Every Port (1928), starring Louise Brooks (in the film that persuaded GW Pabst to cast her in Pandora’s Box).
An adept director, Hawks was able to turn his talents to a variety of genres as technology advanced and ‘talkies’ became the way forward, from classics such as Scarface: Shame of a Nation (1932) and Bringing Up Baby (1938) – a flop in its day – to His Girl Friday (1940) and the infamous Jane Russell vehicle The Outlaw (1943). A highlight of this season will be a national re-release of The Big Sleep (1946), starring Humphrey Bogart partnered for the second time with Lauren Bacall, who was discovered by Hawk’s wife, and later to become Bogart’s own other half.
Howard Hawks Season
10 – 31 January