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)
A book signing with author and film critic Elizabeth Weitzman will immediately follow the screening.
Author Elizabeth Weitzman will be joining Curator Laura Boyes to host this special celebratory screening. Ms. Weitzman’s new book, Renegade Women in Film & TV, is just out from Random House, and the author will have a book signing at the Carolina Theatre immediately after the screening.
Copies of Ms. Weitzman’s book will be available for purchase by cash or card on both evenings for $16.99.
Elizabeth Weitzman is currently a film critic for the Wrap, and was a senior critic for the New York Daily News for many years. She has written about film and interviewed hundreds of actors and filmmakers for the New York Times, the Village Voice, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, and many others. She is also a longstanding member of the New York Film Critics Circle, has a Master’s Degree in Cinema Studies from NYU, and has been a juror and panelist at many film festivals
Wednesday, July 10