Event – Detail

Film Screening

Thursday, August 1 at 2:00 PM

Easy Living (1937)
George Strimel

In this screwball comedy, a madcap romp of misunderstandings unfolds after stenographer Mary Smith (Jean Arthur) is hit by a sable coat that power banker J. B. Ball (Edward Arnold) has thrown off his balcony to protest his wife’s extravagant spending.  Written by Preston Sturges and directed by Mitchell Leisen.

In a burst of creativity unmatched in Hollywood history, Preston Sturges directed a string of all-time classic comedies from 1939 through 1948, all from screenplays he alone had written. Cynical and sophisticated, romantic and sexually frank, crazily breakneck and endlessly witty, his movies continue to influence filmmakers and remain popular to this day.

Reprising his popular matinee series from last summer, local film collector and shareholder George Strimel will present a new selection of Sturges’s creations over four Thursdays this August.

Non-member price: $10.00
Athenaeum member price: $5.00