U.S, 1936, 94 min, 4K DCP, Dir. Gregory La Cava, Not Rated, Universal Pictures
“God, but this movie is beautiful.” –Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A screwball masterpiece." –Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, Village Voice
Carole Lombard and William Powell dazzle in this definitive screwball comedy by Gregory La Cava—a potent cocktail of romantic repartee and social critique. Irene (Lombard), an eccentric, wealthy Manhattanite, wins a society-ball scavenger hunt after finding a “forgotten man” (Powell)—an apparent down-and-out drifter—at a dump. She gives him work as the family butler and soon falls head over heels for him. Her attempts to both woo Godfrey and indoctrinate him in the household’s dysfunction make for a string of madcap high jinks that has never been bested. La Cava’s deft film was the first to garner Oscar nominations in all four acting categories, and it is one of Hollywood’s greatest commentaries on class and the social unrest of the Depression era.
Join us this summer for The Absurdity of Life: A Screwball Comedy Series, a delightful selection of timeless movie classics, guaranteed to transport you to a bygone era filled with charm, romance, and laughter. Stay after each screening and join fellow audience members for an informal chat to discuss the movies.