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  • Actors Don Ameche and Claudette Colbert embrace each other; her head rests on her chest.
  • Actors Mary Astor and John Barrymore look in the same direction, both seeming somewhat shocked.
  • Two women stand and regard a sculpture.
PREVIOUSLY PLAYED

Mitchell Leisen’s
MIDNIGHT – in 35mm

Tuesday, December 31

SOLD OUT. A standby line will form 30 minutes before showtime.

PRESENTED IN 35mm AS ANNUAL FILM FORUM NEW YEAR’S EVE CLASSIC
 
FREE BUBBLY FOR ALL PATRONS!
PLUS VINTAGE CARTOON & NEWSREEL!

Starring Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, and John Barrymore
Screenplay by Billy Wilder & Charles Brackett

9:40

(1939, Mitchell Leisen) American in Paris showgirl Colbert, stranded in the rain at the train station in her evening gown, persuades working class cabby Don Ameche to drive her around from club to club looking for a job – until she agrees to pose as a Hungarian countess in order to distract gigolo Francis Lederer from his amorous attentions to Barrymore’s wife Mary Astor.

Produced by Paramount Pictures, this was the fourth of 13 screenplays by the writing team of Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett; that same year, they wrote Ninotchka (also set in Paris) for director Ernst Lubitsch. As Lubitsch once famously remarked (and Wilder would concur), “I’ve been to Paris, France, and I’ve been to Paris, Paramount. I prefer Paris, Paramount.” Wilder and Brackett would later go on to write such classics as The Lost Weekend and Sunset Blvd. 35mm. Approx. 94 min.

Also on the bill: a 1939 newsreel (including coverage of the Gone With the Wind premiere in Atlanta) and a vintage Technicolor Woody Woodpecker cartoon – both in 35mm.

Reviews

“Rapturous fun… One of the authentic delights of the 1930s!”
– Pauline Kael

 “One of the liveliest, gayest, wittiest and naughtiest comedies.”
– Frank S. Nugent, The New York Times
 
“Superbly malicious script by Brackett and Wilder, gorgeous sets and camerawork, and a matchless cast… probably Leisen's best film.”
– Derek Adams, Time Out