Wednesday, June 27, 2012

TIFF in the Park: Screwball Comedies

Every Wednesday at sunset beginning in June, TIFF and the Toronto Entertainment District BIA present FREE outdoor screenings of classic screwball comedies at David Pecaut Square, directly west of Roy Thomson Hall — so in the words of Oscar Wilde, "Take a seat on the lawn and laugh your grass off!"

Films in TIFF in the Park: Screwball Comedies

Trouble in Paradise
Ernst Lubitsch
A gentleman thief (Herbert Marshall) romances a rich Parisian widow (Kay Francis) — to the distress of his smitten partner in crime (Miriam Hopkins) — in this sparkling romantic comedy from the great Ernst Lubitsch.
Wednesday June 27 9:15 PM

My Man Godfrey
Gregory La Cava
As a lark, a carefree socialite (Carole Lombard) hires a loquacious bum (William Powell) to be her butler, but finds that he's far more than his shabby attire would lead one to believe.
Wednesday July 4 9:15 PM

The Palm Beach Story
Preston Sturges
Copious wackiness ensues when a devoted young wife (Claudette Colbert) determines to head to Palm Beach for a quickie divorce from her impoverished husband and an almost as quick marriage to a rich man, for the most natural of reasons: so that she can funnel her newfound wealth back to her soon-to-be ex.
Wednesday July 11 9:15 PM

Raising Arizona
Joel Coen
Nicolas Cage gives one of his signature performances as the affable, loquacious, philosophical ex-con Herbert I. "Hi" McDunnough, who gets embroiled in a wild baby-kidnapping plot along with his ex-cop wife (Holly Hunter) in Joel and Ethan Coen’s cracked comedy.
Wednesday July 18 9:15 PM

His Girl Friday
Howard Hawks
A conniving newspaper editor (Cary Grant) will do anything to get his ex-wife and star reporter (Rosalind Russell) back on the job in Howard Hawks' frantically funny farce.
Wednesday July 25 9:15 PM

Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Alfred Hitchcock
In this rare straight comedy outing from Alfred Hitchcock, a happily married couple (Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard) discover that their marriage certificate was invalid — but when they are obliged to head to the altar again, they suddenly have doubts as to whether they should ever have been together at all.
Wednesday August 1 9:00 PM

The Philadelphia Story
George Cukor
On the eve of her wedding, a haughty socialite (Katharine Hepburn) has her carefully laid plans thrown off track by the arrival of her ex-husband (Cary Grant) and a smitten reporter (James Stewart) in this sophisticated, Academy Award®–winning comedy classic.
Wednesday August 8 9:00 PM

What's Up, Doc?
Peter Bogdanovich
Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal mug their way through some supremely silly situations in Peter Bogdanovich's 1970s salute to the classic screwball comedies of yesteryear.
Wednesday August 15 9:00 PM

The Lady Eve
Preston Sturges
When a beautiful con artist (Barbara Stanwyck) falls for, and is spurned by, her latest target (Henry Fonda), she concocts a brilliantly simple scheme to get her own back.
Wednesday August 22 8:30 PM

It Happened One Night
Frank Capra
An out-of-work newspaper reporter (Clark Gable) hitches himself to an heiress on the run (Claudette Colbert) to grab an exclusive story in Frank Capra's beloved, multiple Academy Award®–winning classic.
Wednesday August 29 8:30 PM

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