Beauty Brains and Know How

Beauty, Brains & Know-How: Screwball Comedy in the Glamour Age

During the 1930s and early 1940s women stars ruled Hollywood box office. Emerging in the 1930s, a new type of comedy appeared on the scene —called “screwball” comedy. This genre of comedy was a wild new strain of fast-talking farces involving the best dialogue you’ve ever heard. The women characters were often the ones who held power over men in these films. This series features four of the most electric, talented and smart female stars of their generation. Each of the films were written by the top comedic directors and writers in Hollywood and each features a powerhouse lady that is whip-smart, gorgeous and most important of all —hilarious! Programmer Janice Findley will introduce each film contextualizing the historical period, the audiences of the time, the behind-the-scenes creation of each film and information on the extraordinary careers of each of the stars and the directors who brought out the best out in them.

About Series Programmer Janice Findley
Janice Findley currently teaches Film History and Film Music History at Seattle Film Institute. She is also a film & theater producer / director. Her most recent theater work was the dance theater production: Caryl Churchills’ The Skriker in 2012. It was awarded a Seattle Times Footlight Award (as were 2 other of her theater productions) and 2 nominations for Theater of Puget Sound’s Gregory Award. Findley has created a half dozen 16mm experimental narrative films that have played in retrospectives all over the country. Findley also was the creator, programmer/producer for New City Theater’s monthly film program “New Film/New City” from 1988-1995.

Interactive glamour and lobby displays courtesy of Social Fabric

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