Films and Showtimes
- Moxie Mornings
- Staff Picks: Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
- Burning (In Translation Series)
- Stan & Ollie
- On Stage: The Madness of George III
- Blowin' Up (2018)
- The Essentials: Fish Tank (2009)
- Oscar Live Action Shorts (2019)
- Oscar Animated Shorts (2019)
- The Essentials: Pariah (2011)
- Member Picks: Miller's Crossing (1990)
- La La Land (2016)
- Oscar Documentary Shorts: Program B (2019)
- Oscar Documentary Shorts: Program A (2019)
- The Essentials: Wendy and Lucy (2008)
- The Essentials: Marie Antoinette (2006)
The Essentials: The Lady Eve (1941)
- Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn
- Director: Preston Sturges
- Genre(s): Classics, Comedy, Romance
- Rating: NR
- Running Time: 94 min.
The Essentials: Classic Comedies
This quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.
Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!
Summary: In Preston Sturges’ comedy, Henry Fonda stars as Charles Pike, the son of a beer magnate who becomes the target of the father-daughter team of card sharps ‘Colonel’ Harry and Jean Harrington (Charles Coburn and Barbara Stanwyck). Their plan to rob the naive young man blind hits a snag, however, when Jean actually falls head over heels for an equally-smitten Pike.
"Barbara Stanwyck is the sexiest con woman ever captured on film."- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Third writer-director effort of Preston Sturges [from a story by Monckton Hoffe] is laugh entertainment of top proportions with its combo of slick situations, spontaneous dialog and a few slapstick falls tossed in for good measure."- Variety Staff, Variety
"Preston Sturges extended his range beyond the crazy farces that had made his reputation with this romantic 1941 comedy, and his hand proved just as sure."- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A movie like The Lady Eve is so hard to make that you can't make it at all unless you find a way to make it seem effortless. Preston Sturges does a kind of breathless balancing act here, involving romance, deception and physical comedy."- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times