Dick Powell and Ellen Drew in a black and white still from Christmas in July (1940). They have their backs to each other and are drinking from china tea cups.
Dick Powell and Ellen Drew in a black and white still from Christmas in July (1940). They have their backs to each other and are drinking from china tea cups.
Christmas in July (1940) Park Circus

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Christmas in July

Preston Sturges | USA | | Unclassified (15+)
Film

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Preston Sturges’ sophomore directorial effort is a wonderful satire of American life and success in the shadow of the Depression. An office worker (Dick Powell) enters a slogan contest and is subsequently the subject of a cruel joke by his colleagues who fabricate a telegram announcing he has won the competition.

Sturges’ fast-paced and supremely economical style steer the characters through a minefield of competing values, eccentricities and delusions. Based on an unproduced 1931 Sturges play, A Cup of Coffee, it features a characteristic rogues’ gallery of supporting players including William Demarest and Franklin Pangborn.

Format: Black & White, DCP
Language: English
Source: Park Circus
Duration: 67 mins

When

Tues 8 March

7pm

Duration

67 mins

Rating

Unclassified (15+)

Where

The Capitol
113 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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About the program

Preston Sturges (1898-1959) was the great shooting star of 1940s Hollywood cinema. Brought up by an itinerant mother who travelled to Europe to follow the likes of Isadora Duncan and Aleister Crowley, Sturges came to prominence in a burst of creativity and success on Broadway in the late 1920s before a ten-year stint as a jobbing and well-paid screenwriter for various studios including Paramount...

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Preston Sturges

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