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Film Series: Design for Living

1933. USA. Dir: Ernst Lubitsch. With Miriam Hopkins, Gary Cooper. 91 min.


When two struggling artists find that they’re having an affair with the same woman, the woman proposes: why not share? This refined yet obscene sex comedy employs Lubitsch’s signature wit to poke fun at dating norms and the vanity of jealous men, presenting a “Pre-Code” vision of romance more progressive than most rom-coms today. Intro by Prof. Michael Slowik, CFILM.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: To Be or Not to Be

1942. USA. Dir: Ernst Lubitsch. With Carole Lombard, Jack Benny. 99 min.

 

During the Nazi occupation of Warsaw an unlikely husband-wife duo find themselves at the center of a convoluted spy plot, leading a ragtag band of merry stage actors as they apply their dramatic talents to fool the resident Gestapo forces. Lubitsch’s genre-mixing farce balances sidesplitting laughs with biting political satire and nervy wartime suspense.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free