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Monday, July 29, 2019, 7:00pm - 8:10pm


Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge



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Gazette Classification: Film Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film
Archive Cost: $9 - Regular Admission $7 - Non-Harvard Students,
Harvard Faculty and Staff, and Senior Citizens. Free for Harvard
students Contact Info: bgravely@fas.harvard.edu Link:
https://library.harvard.edu/film/films/2019junaug/hawks.html#fig Upon
proving himself capable of moralistic drama with "The Road to Glory,"
Hawks was determined to fashion something much lighter and more
commercial for his sophomore effort. He begins by establishing the
ancient history of marital combat with his lead couple as the original
Adam and Eve, who live a fanciful proto-Flintstones lifestyle complete
with elaborate "high-tech" stone-age contraptions and a pet dinosaur.
As time leaps ahead to the 1920s, so do the relationship jokes,
particularly those involving women and clothes. These come to an
entertaining crossroads when a famous fashion designer's car hits Eve
— accompanied by a spectacular special effect. Unbeknownst to a
clueless Adam, she is pulled into Josef André's illustrious design
house as his latest muse. Hawks caps his bubbly sex comedy with a
dazzling fashion show sequence — originally screened in two-strip
Technicolor — featuring stunning gowns designed by Adrian (before he
was the Adrian). Including an array of theatrical characters — such as
Eve's serpentine, conniving friend, Adam's brutish pal Eddie and the
effete André — the picture is a primordial hotbed of Hawks' themes and
tropes which would come to full flower in his celebrated romantic
comedies of the 40s and 50s.



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Monday, July 29, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:10



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