New Meetup: Christmas in July

From: John
Sent on: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 7:41 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Boston International/Arthouse Movie Meetup Group!

What: Christmas in July

When: Friday, December 17,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Paramount Center at Emerson College
559 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111

1940, U.S. The cinema of writer-director Preston Sturges?a prodigious talent whom film critic Manny Farber called "the most spectacular manipulator of sheer humor since Mark Twain"?is timelessly witty, often satirical and always compassionately sensitive to its characters? human frailties and desires. In Christmas in July, described by Andrew Sarris as one of Sturges? emotionally richest and sweetest films, the American dream of overnight success is debunked.

?The most underrated of Sturges? movies?Christmas in July is a riotous comedy-satire about capitalism that bites so deep it hurts. This captures the mood of the Depression more completely than most 30s pictures, and the brilliantly polyphonic script repeats the hero's dim-witted slogan so many times that it eventually becomes a kind of crazed tribal incantation. As usual, Sturges's supporting cast is luminous, and he uses it like instruments in a madcap concerto.? ? Jonathan Rosenbaum

As summarized by the Pacific Film Archive: a coffee company's advertising jingle contest turns into a corporate nervous breakdown when, by an absurd fluke, the prize is prematurely awarded to striving clerk Dick Powell for his entry, "If you can't sleep, it isn't the coffee, it's the bunk.?

Tomatometer: 94%

Tragically underseen, this Preston Sturges comedy is all of 68 minutes long (including the credits) and is a freakin' laugh riot from start to finish - Christopher Null

While I do plan to get my fill of Linus and Wonderful Life, how about a Christmas event that few, if any, of us have seen. Join me for a Friday before Christmas 'freaking laugh riot' at the wonderful new Bright Family Screening Room in the restored Paramount Theater. After, we'll continue the laughing and maybe the rioting with drinks next door at Bina, or up the street at Rock Bottom, or wherever will have our motley crew. God bless us, everyone.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Christmas in July

See You at the Movie,

John

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