Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Thu, Dec 26, 2019 - Wed, Jan 1, 2020
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SCREWBALL COMEDY CLASSICS 2019

The Cinematheque again caps off the year with some of the funniest and most sophisticated films ever to hit the big screen, beginning with MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN. The Frank Capra comedy stars Gary Cooper as Longfellow Deeds, a man who inherits a fortune and runs into trouble when he starts giving it away. Jean Arthur appears in her first leading role as the reporter who profiles, and eventually falls for, Mr. Deeds; the actress also stars in second feature EASY LIVING as a working woman mistaken for wealthy when an errant fur coat falls on her (in a storyline cooked up by the great Preston Sturges).

Our double feature of THE AWFUL TRUTH and THEODORA GOES WILD is linked by actress Irene Dunne. In the former film, she and Cary Grant are a well-to-do couple who are intent on divorce but can’t resist meddling in each other’s affairs. A year earlier, Dunne had made a successful transition from drama to comedy with THEODORA GOES WILD, playing a respectable small-town woman who writes a scandalous book under a pseudonym.

"The Lubitsch touch" was a phrase used to describe the work of Ernst Lubitsch, whose talent for sophisticated comedy remains legendary. NINOTCHKA stars Greta Garbo as a stern Soviet on official business in Paris who is charmed by the dapper Melvyn Douglas; Billy Wilder co-wrote the screenplay. Technicolor fantasy HEAVEN CAN WAIT stars Don Ameche as the recently-deceased Henry Van Cleve, whose life is under review to determine if Heaven or Hell is his final destination. 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 A NIGHT AT THE OPERA and A NIGHT IN CASABLANCA.

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

Aero TheatreThu, Dec 26, 2019 - Wed, Jan 1, 2020
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Thu, Dec 26, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Fri, Dec 27, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Sat, Dec 28, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Wed, Jan 1, 2020 - 1:00pm
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