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The Vintage Guide To London | February 24, 2018

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Watch the Philadelphia Story at BFI Southbank

Watch the Philadelphia Story at BFI Southbank

Head to the BFI Southbank to watch Cukor’s classic about a society wedding threatened by scandal.

Adapted from Philip Barry’s play, the film boasts peak-form performances throughout. Having divorced her irresponsible millionaire husband (Grant), the aptly named Tracy Lord (Hepburn) is about to wed a dull but dependable fellow.

However, any hopes of privacy at the wedding of the year are dashed by the arrival of her reluctant ex and a pair of journalists (Stewart and Hussey) sniffing for a scoop. The rest of the Lord family don’t help much either, for that matter. Donald Ogden Stewart’s script sparkles with wit and pithy social comment, while the moonlit amorous shenanigans fizz with a woozy eroticism.

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