Easy Living PG

Head and shoulders shot of 3 people pictured side by side. In the centre is a young woman smiling, on the left is a stern-looking middle aged man who is looking at her and on the right is a younger man looking at her. The image is a still from a 1930s film, Easy Living.
21 October
Arc Cinema
$20 / $16 (or Gold Pass for all 6 sessions $75)
Dir: Mitchell Leisen, PG, United States, 1937, 88mins, DCP,

With Jean Arthur and Ray Milland 
Screenplay by Preston Sturges

Part social satire laced with lively physical comedy, Easy Living ranks as one of the great American screwball comedies from the 1930s, rating 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film follows the fate of a poorly paid and poorly treated stenographer (Jean Arthur), anxious about keeping her job and finding enough money to pay her rent and buy food. Good fortune literally falls on her head in the form of a mink coat thrown out of the window of a high-rise penthouse during a spat between a mega-wealthy businessman (Edward Arnold) and his spendthrift wife (Mary Nash). In unforeseen ways, the incident cascades into a life-changing event for the stenographer.  

'An irresistible screwball comedy with a dash of Wall Street satire … it is a delight' – Time Out (London)

This screening is part of the Canberra International Film Festival (CIFF).

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