Magnificent Obsessions: Hollywood Dames from Screwball to Sirk

Imitation of Life
Imitation of Life
From madcap 1930s and '40s screwball comediennes in pursuit of heady romance to the fated, impassioned lovers of Douglas Sirk's incendiary '50s melodramas, this season celebrates the luminous screen stars and sirens who embodied Hollywood's grand narratives of love.

Curated by Roberta Ciabarra

Thursday 19 May - Tuesday 31 May 2011
Full $14 Concession $11 ACMI Member $10 Seniors* $6
6 Session Pass: Full $66 Concession $54 ACMI Member $48

*Special Seniors tickets available for selected weekday sessions of The Philadelphia Story, Magnificent Obsession and There's Always Tomorrow.

NB > Passes can only be purchased by phone (03 8663 2583) or in person at the ACMI Tickets Information Desk. All sessions must be selected at time of booking.

It Happened One Night

Frank Capra's classic screwball comedy from 1934 - winner of five Academy Awards!

Bringing Up Baby

Howard Hawks' madcap screwball classic starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant.

What's Up Doc?

Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal star in Peter Bogdanovich's madcap 'remake' of "Bringing Up Baby".

The Philadelphia Story

Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart together in the hit MGM comedy by George Cukor.

His Girl Friday

Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell spar in the press room in Hollywood's 'fastest talking picture'.

Platinum Blonde

Loretta Young and Jean Harlow vie for the love of Bobby Williams in Frank Capra's 1931 classic.

Magnificent Obsession

Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman star in the 1954 Universal Studios smash hit directed by Douglas Sirk.

All That Heaven Allows

Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson together again in their 1955 follow up to Sirk's "Magnificent Obsession".

Written on the Wind

Sirk's combustible Technicolor melodrama from 1956 featured Dorothy Malone in an Oscar-winning role.

Imitation of Life

Sirk's gloriousy extravagant 1959 melodrama was a comeback hit for Hollywood star Lana Turner.

There's Always Tomorrow

Double Indemnity's Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck reunite in Sirk's resonant 1956 melodrama.

Up the Sandbox

Streisand's madcap Ms is a first wave feminist in search of (self) love in Kershner's 1972 comedy.

With thanks to David Atfield (National Film and Sound Archive), Paul McKenzie (Roadshow Film Distributors), Mark Spratt (Chapel Distribution), Nick Varley (Park Circus), Andrew Youdell (British Film Institute) and with particular thanks to Peter Langs (NBC Universal).
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