Cinémathèque’s Preston Sturges season will take place at The Capitol with ACMI Cinemas currently closed due to urgent building works. There is no box office at The Capitol, so new memberships must be purchased online or at the ACMI Tickets and Information Desk, which will remain open until 7:30pm on screening nights. We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming Cinematheque members back to the ACMI Cinemas soon.
A dissatisfied musical-comedy director (Joel McCrea) abandons his muse, takes on the appearance of the unemployed masses and goes in search of the Depression-era reality that the movies seldom reveal.
Sturges’ influential classic is one of the great movies about filmmaking and both a critique and paean to classic Hollywood values and the power of cinema. Deftly oscillating between comedy and pathos, slapstick and chain-gang drama, it also stars Veronica Lake in her most luminous and fondly remembered role. The key inspiration for the Coen Brothers’ O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).
Also screening on Wed 2 Mar
Sullivan's Travels (1941) – Wed 2 Mar at 7pm
The Great McGinty (1940) – Wed 2 Mar at 8.45pm
Christmas In July (1940) – Tues 8 Mar at 7pm
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) – Tues 8 Mar at 8.20pm
The Palm Beach Story (1942) – Wed 16 Mar at 7pm
Unfaithfully Yours (1948) – Wed 16 Mar at 8.40pm
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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Australia's longest-running film society screens significant works of international cinema in the medium they were created, the way they would have originally screened.
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