Friday, November 21, 2008

Your Weekend (And Next Couple Weeks): Carole Lombard

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 6:00 PM

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Beginning today and continuing through December 2nd, Film Forum presents a centennial celebration of Carole Lombard — screwball spitfire, glamour goddess and embodiment of all the good things America still occasionally thought about itself during the Great Depression. In the current issue of the L, Cullen Gallagher worships at the altar:

An earthly deity of the silver screen, she was more than just blonde and beautiful — she also possessed a quick wit and daffy lunacy that remains unsurpassed over seventy years later. Fiercely independent, sexually confident and always cunning, Lombard sent an ordered, masculine-driven society into an irreversible tailspin.
Cullen would also like you to know the following phun phacts about her [not included in his piece so when I say "jump" you say "how hard [should I click on the Read More link]?"]:

"she could out-hunt [husband] Clark Gable, was known as one of the best female skeet-shooters in Hollywood, got seasick very easily, was known as "the profane angel for her ability to swear like a sailor," routinely sent journalists telegrams when she liked what they wrote (whether or not it was about her), and spent her nights reading scripts and calling Janet Gaynor and ex-hubby William Powell to suggest roles for them."

We begin, tonight and tomorrow, with an essential (and wallet-friendly!) double feature of the rich man-poor man romantic farce My Man Godfrey [pictured] — the funniest movie ever made about the American caste system — and Twentieth Century, a rapidfire parable of the male invention of the female performer, and the breakaway power of the realized creation.

Everything old is new again, particularly economic hardship and Carole Lombard's her-wave feminism.

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