Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Thu, Dec 27, 2018 - Tue, Jan 1, 2019
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SCREWBALL COMEDY CLASSICS 2018

The Cinematheque again caps off the year with some of the funniest and most sophisticated films ever to hit the big screen, beginning with two holiday-themed features. Sparks fly when legendary director Ernst Lubitsch pairs Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart in THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, in which they play clerks who can’t stand each other in person but fall in love as anonymous pen pals. In CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT, celebrity homemaker Barbara Stanwyck has a secret to hide - she can’t cook and doesn’t own a home.

Our W.C. Fields double feature begins with IT’S A GIFT, in which the performer heads to the Golden State hoping to strike it rich as an orange grower. In NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK, the Great Man takes on another California industry, playing a would-be screenwriter. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT stars Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable as a runaway heiress and the reporter chasing her, respectively; the Oscar winner is followed by another Colbert vehicle, MIDNIGHT, in which she impersonates a baroness (with the help of some sparkling Billy Wilder-Charles Brackett dialogue).

Among the greatest comedic filmmakers of all time, Preston Sturges may have reached his peak with a pair of WWII-era classics, THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN’S CREEK and HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO. Actor Eddie Bracken is the common thread: in the first film, he’s the loyal boyfriend to mysteriously pregnant Betty Hutton; in the second, he’s a soldier sent home with hay fever who’s mistaken for a war hero. And our screwball series comes to a riotous close with the annual New Year’s Day arrival of Marx Brothers Groucho, Chico and Harpo in DUCK SOUP and A DAY AT THE RACES.

Series compiled by Grant Moninger and John Hagelston. Program notes by John Hagelston.

Aero TheatreThu, Dec 27, 2018 - Tue, Jan 1, 2019
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Nicola Lubitsch In Person!
Thu, Dec 27, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Fri, Dec 28, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Sat, Dec 29, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Dec 30, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Family Matinee! Andy Marx In Person!
Tue, Jan 1, 2019 - 2:00pm
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