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  • Actor Barbara Stanwyck cuddles with a scared-looking Henry Fonda.
  • Actor Barbara Stanwyck holds an apple, her face right next to Henry Fonda's.
  • A scene of chaos, as actor Henry Fonda in a groom's tuxedo has fallen, and servants surround him.

Preston Sturges’


Monday, September 16

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

Q&A and book signing with Tom Sturges following the film

(1941) Con gal Barbara Stanwyck, aided by “dad” Charles Coburn, preys on owlish herpetologist Henry Fonda, in the comedy that topped the NY Times’ 10 Best list: Citizen Kane came in second. 35mm. Approx. 94 min.

Following the screening, Film Forum Repertory Director Bruce Goldstein will chat with Sturges’ son Tom, co-author (with Nick Smedley) of the new book Preston Sturges: The Last Year of Hollywood’s First Writer-Director, plus audience Q&A. Book signing in the lobby following the event.


“The dizzy high point of Sturges’ career.”
– Pauline Kael

“Stanwyck supplies a bravura double performance, a showcase for her brilliant versatility.”
– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Third writer-director effort of Preston Sturges is laugh entertainment of top proportions.”

“Very nearly perfection, and quintessential Sturges.”
Time Out (London)

“If I were asked to name the single scene in all of romantic comedy that was sexiest and funniest at the same time, I would advise beginning at six seconds past the 20-minute mark in Preston Sturges' The Lady Eve, and watching as Barbara Stanwyck toys with Henry Fonda's hair in an unbroken shot that lasts three minutes and 51 seconds.”
– Roger Ebert

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