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Classic Xmas Double Feature with Barbara Stanwyck


Sun 23 Dec 2018, 6:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Academy Cinemas, 44 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: PG

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $15.50
  • Senior (60+) / Student / Guild / Film Society: $12.00
  • Child (15 and under): $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Academy Cinemas

Come to Academy Cinemas for some wholesome Christmas celebrations - we will whip up some eggnog and pavlova to add to the festivities!

A highly prolific star who could deftly move between thrillers, melodramas and screwball comedies, there is a reason why Barbara Stanwyck still stands out among fierce competition as one of the most talented stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

People more familiar with her chilly turn in Film Noir staple Double Indemnity might not realise Stanwyck’s deft ability to command the melodrama of Douglas Sirk or the comedy of Preston Sturges. This Christmas we are excited to showcase Stanwyck’s ability in these genres by bringing you a double feature of comedy-romance with the actress leading both.

To begin, we will have Stanwyck desperately trying to save her job through the most outlandish (and hilarious) of ways in Christmas in Connecticut. After an intermission, the hidden gem of a tear-jerker Remember The Night will screen, showing an initially unlikable Stanwyck eventually win your heart as she road trips with Fred McMurray on Christmas Eve.

Christmas in Connecticut (1945) / Rated G
Nominated for AFI’s 100 funniest American films, Christmas in Connecticut is a perennial Christmas favourite written by legendary screwball comedy writer Preston Sturges. His simultaneously sophisticated and farcical wit is well-suited to the romantic leads, with Dennis Morgan as war hero Jefferson Jones who, while recovering in hospital, grows familiar with the "Diary of a Housewife" column written by Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck).

Things really get wacky when Jeff's nurse arranges with Elizabeth's publisher, Alexander Yardley (Sydney Greenstreet), for Jeff to spend the holiday at Elizabeth's bucolic Connecticut farm with her husband and child. But the column is a sham, so Yardley hastens to arrange a publicity ploy by setting up single, non-domestic Elizabeth on a country farm. A fantastic ensemble bring sparky life to this unabashedly chirpy bauble, filmed on the same set as another classic screwball comedy, Bringing Up Baby.

Remember the Night (1940) / Rated PG
Four years before Barbara Stanwyck’s celebrated pairing with Double Indemnity co-star Fred McMurray, the two starred in this far warmer, crackling Christmas outing. A unapologetic valentine to the empathetic Christmas spirit, the film begins with MacMurray’s New York District Attorney John Sargent letting petty shoplifter Lee Leander (Stanwyck) out on bail, and offering her a ride home to Indiana.

Along the way they have a run-in with a Pennsylvania sheriff, meet each others' parents, and eventually fall in love. John's mother, however, disapproves, and warns Lee to stay away, lest she damage John's career. Not wanting to cause trouble, Lee resolves to leave the man she loves. A deft mixture of holiday-time sentimentality but with very real human stakes and a swoon-worthy romance developing in the middle of it, Remember the Night is exactly what you want for your Christmas-time viewing.

15 minute intermission in between films.
2 films for the price of 1!

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