1932. USA. Frank Capra. 83 min.
1933. USA. 10 min.
Introduced by Grover Crisp
Saturday, October 31, 2009, 5:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1932. USA. Directed by Frank Capra. With Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, Ralph Bellamy. A major influence on John Cassavetes, Capra was, by the early 1930s, one of Hollywood’s most celebrated and successful directors. His subversive, satirical, even caustic portraits of hallowed American institutions including the church (The Miracle Woman), Wall Street (American Madness), and marriage (Ladies of Leisure, Platinum Blonde) were an important strain of his remarkable pre-Code period. In Forbidden, Stanwyck shows off her seemingly boundless range as Lulu Smith, a prim, self-sacrificing librarian who reinvents herself during a luxury cruise to Havana, becoming an independent, uninhibited “new woman” and the “lonely hearts” columnist for a big-city paper. Preserved by Sony Pictures Repertory. 83 min.
1933. USA. Frank Capra takes us behind the scenes at the Columbia Pictures studio, where he is busy making The Bitter Tea of General Yen. 10 min.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Seventh MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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