Howard Hawks' BALL OF FIRE
MovieDiva Film Series Presents

Howard Hawks' BALL OF FIRE

BALL OF FIRE (1941, 111 min.)

Directed by Howard Hawks. Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Travers, S. Z. Sakall, Tully Marshall

Nightclub songbird Sugarpuss O’Shea is a veritable jive talk dictionary, exciting a tweedy professor completing his encyclopedia entry on slang. Winkingly modelled on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by screenwriters Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, this modern fairy tale explores the social and sexual awakenings of Princess and Professors alike. This was Wilder’s last film before taking the director’s reins:  next year;  Stanwyck in Double Indemnity. Cooper melts ever so slowly under Stanwyck’s heat. Your vocabulary will surely improve with choice swing era palaver. Brooklyn-born former chorus girl Stanwyck wasn’t even a top choice for Sugarpuss, but she struts confidently to Gene Krupa’s Orchestra in sequined fringe, “Root, zoot and cute—and solid to boot.”

NO CLOSED CAPTIONING (Hearing-impaired)
NO AUDIO DESCRIPTION (Visual-impaired)


Wednesday, July 10

7:00pm   Cinema One


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