Midnight 1939 G
1.00PM Sun 21 Jun 2020 (1hr 34mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed
Midnight will screen from an imported 35mm print.
‘Bronx showgirl Eve Peabody (Claudette Colbert) arrives in Paris penniless, with only the gown on her back. She instantly enthralls earnest Hungarian cab driver Tibor Czerny (Don Ameche), but soon sets her sights higher. Using a Monte Carlo municipal pawn ticket as her calling card, Peabody gains entrée into Parisian high society, where she attracts the attention of soused aristocrat John Barrymore, who enlists her as an unwitting co-conspirator in his scheme to break up his wife (Mary Astor) and her lover (Francis Lederer).
This screwball romantic comedy is filled with quick-witted dialogue and terrific timing, typical of screenwriters Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett. Granted carte blanche by the studio, Leisen wound up crafting a fitting climax to Paramount’s decade of elegant, continental entertainment. A recent National Film Registry inductee, this is one Cinderella story where the magic lingers long past midnight.’ Chicago Film Society
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 94 MINUTES, UNITED STATES, ENGLISH/FRENCH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: MITCHELL LEISEN / SCRIPT: CHARLES BRACKETT, BILLY WILDER / BASED ON A STORY BY EDWIN JUSTUS MAYER AND FRANZ SCHULZ / CINEMATOGRAPHER: CHARLES LANG / EDITOR: DOANE HARRISON / PROD CO: PARAMOUNT PICTURES / PRINT SOURCE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS / RIGHTS: UNIVERSAL PICTURES AUSTRALIA / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM