The Philadelphia Story 1940 PG

3.00PM Sat 20 Jun 2020 (1hr 52mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed

SYNOPSIS

The Philadelphia Story will screen from an imported 35mm print.

‘With this furiously witty comedy of manners, Katharine Hepburn revitalized her career and cemented her status as the era’s most iconic leading lady—thanks in great part to her own shrewd orchestrations. While starring in the Philip Barry stage play ‘The Philadelphia Story’, Hepburn acquired the screen rights, handpicking her friend George Cukor to direct. The intoxicating screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart pits the formidable Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord (Hepburn, at her most luminous) against various romantic foils, chief among them her charismatic ex-husband (Cary Grant), who disrupts her imminent marriage by paying her family estate a visit, accompanied by a tabloid reporter on assignment to cover the wedding of the year (James Stewart, in his only Academy Award–winning performance). A fast-talking screwball comedy as well as a tale of regret and reconciliation, this convergence of golden-age talent is one of the greatest American films of all time.’ Criterion

CREDITS

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 112 MINUTES, UNITED STATES, ENGLISH/FRENCH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: GEORGE CUKOR / SCRIPT: DONALD OGDEN STEWART / BASED ON THE PLAY BY PHILIP BARRY / CINEMATOGRAPHER: JOSEPH RUTTENBERG / EDITOR: FRANK SULLIVAN / PROD CO: METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER / PRINT SOURCE: UCLA FILM & TELEVISION ARCHIVE / RIGHTS: ROADSHOW / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM