Midnight PG

Head and shoulders shot of actors Claudette Colbert and John Barrymore in formal attire, they are both looking straight ahead and seem to be surprised at something. From a 1929 film Midnight.
21 October
Arc Cinema
$20 / $16 (or Gold Pass for all 6 sessions $75)
Dir: Mitchell Leisen, PG, United States, 1939, 94mins, DCP,

With Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, Mary Astor 
Screenplay by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett 

Midnight is essential Mitchell Leisen: a zany comedy notionally set in Paris, but with a universal story delving into the gap between the amoral ultra-rich on one hand, and the compassionate working-class poor on the other.

With total conviction and impeccable style, Claudette Colbert plays a woman who, for complicated reasons, is stranded on a rainy night in Paris, penniless and hungry, with one asset – the lamé evening dress she is wearing.

'An enchanting comedy … with a superbly malicious script, gorgeous sets and camerawork, and a matchless cast.  All in all, probably Mitchell Leisen’s best film' – Time Out (London)

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

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