Akim Tamiroff and Brian Donlevy in the back of a cab in a black and white still from the film 'The Great McGinty' (1940). Tamiroff (left) is wearing a dark suit and is smiling at Donlevy, who is wearing a chequered suit and gesticulating with his fist.
Akim Tamiroff and Brian Donlevy in the back of a cab in a black and white still from the film 'The Great McGinty' (1940). Tamiroff (left) is wearing a dark suit and is smiling at Donlevy, who is wearing a chequered suit and gesticulating with his fist.
The Great McGinty (1940) Park Circus

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Great McGinty

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

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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.

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This extremely intelligent, biting political satire about a tramp (Brian Donlevy) manipulated into the governorship is as relevant today as when it unexpectedly launched Sturges’ stellar, if brief career as the preeminent Hollywood writer-director, justly winning him an Academy Award for original screenplay. Sturges’ restless visual style, breakneck speed and rapid-fire dialogue, seen here in their prototype form, went on to influence generations of filmmakers. The film is also populated by a characteristically colourful menagerie of stock players including Akim Tamiroff and William Demarest.

Format: Black & White, DCP
Language: English
Source: Park Circus
Duration: 81 mins

When

Duration

81 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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