NEW CLASSICS SEASON ANNOUNCED - FUNNY GIRLS / 16TH APRIL - 8TH MAY
Posted: Wed 5 Apr
Our next Classics Season - Funny Girls - runs between Sunday 16th April and Monday 8th May and features some of our favourite female comic performances
First up, on Sunday 16th and Monday 17th, we’ll be screening Ninotchka. Billed by the studio as “Garbo Laughs”, her gamey performance as a Soviet envoy makes you wish that Garbo had continued to take on comedic roles. Sadly, Ninotchka was her penultimate role, ending an illustrious acting career two year’s later with the 1941 romantic comedy Two-Faced Woman.
On Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th April, we’ll be showing George Cuker’s Oscar-winning comedy Born Yesterday. The film was famed for its standout performance by Judy Holliday as a prickly Bronx-accented girlfriend of a mobster. The film was nominated for five Oscars and Holliday won Best Actress, a rare feat for a comic role.
On Sunday 30th April, we’ll be showing the film which gives our season a name - Funny Girl. The bittersweet, musical drama follows a young and vibrant wannabe star played by Barbra Streisand. Loosely based on the life and career of Broadway star Fanny Brice, the film won Streisand an Academy Award for Best Actress and is considered one of the greatest musical films of all time.
Our season ends on Sunday 7th and Monday 8th May with an early effort from the Coen Brothers. Raising Arizona, released in 1987, is a typically Coen-esque comedy centred on a couples madcap to steal a baby from a wealthy family. Holly Hunter excels as the wannabe-mother who, along with her dim witted partner (brilliantly played by Nicholas Cage), must evade the child’s family, the cops and a devilish bounty hunter to try and keep her new formed family together.