The Heartbreak Kid 1972 M

8.00PM Fri 12 Jun 2020 (1hr 46mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed

SYNOPSIS

The Heartbreak Kid will screen from an imported 35mm print.

‘Written by Neil Simon and based on a short story by Bruce Jay Friedman, The Heartbreak Kid is one of the great American romantic comedies. The story of a man (Charles Grodin) who falls in love with a woman (Cybill Shepherd) whom he meets while honeymooning in Florida with his new bride (Elaine May’s daughter, Jeannie Berlin) the set-up is pure screwball, but May executes it as a brilliantly excoriating black comedy.

Like Albert Brooks’ Modern Romance, it takes the tropes of the traditional romantic comedy and dismantles them one by one, twisting Thomas Jefferson’s American ideal of the pursuit of happiness into the selfish folly of a stupid, egotistical man. It’s a sharp, hilarious picture, which not only demonstrates May’s deft grasp of tone, but the remarkable breadth of her vision, as she betrays the influence of everything from classical Hollywood comedies to 'The Great Gatsby'.’ Institute of Contemporary Arts

CREDITS

35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 106 MINUTES, UNITED STATES, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: ELAINE MAY / SCRIPT: NEIL SIMON / BASED ON THE STORY ‘A CHANGE OF PLAN’ BY BRUCE JAY FRIEDMAN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: OWEN ROIZMAN / EDITOR: JOHN CARTER / PROD CO: PALOMAR PICTURES INTERNATIONAL / PRINT SOURCE: BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE / RIGHTS: ROADSHOW FILMS / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM