The Philadelphia Story, image courtsey of BFI
Film
Outdoor

The Philadelphia Story

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

Sun 13 Aug 2017
Doors 18.30
£17.00 + booking fees

DJ from 18.45 Film starts approximately 21.00. For telephone bookings call 0844 847 1715 (booking with Ticketmaster, calls will cost 7p per minute plus your network access charge)

The Edmond J. Safra
Fountain Court

You’re sure to fall for this sophisticated and star-packed comedy featuring an unbeatable trio of Hollywood greats Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart.

Certificate U
Duration 112 mins

Romantic-comedies don’t come any more witty, sophisticated or star-packed than this double Oscar-winner from 1940. An unbeatable trio of Hollywood’s golden greats Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart (winner of one of those Oscars) form the triangle at the heart of a fast-paced farce that mixes terrific physical comedy with verbal dexterity; the film itself was adapted from a Broadway play which had been a huge success for Hepburn. She plays Tracy Lord, an heiress whose plan to get married as a way of proving a point to her ex Dexter Haven (Grant) brings her together with reporter Mike Connor (Stewart), an unexpected situation that causes further complications.

Director George Cukor went on to direct Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in a number of screwball comedy classics (Pat and Mike; Adam’s Rib) but nothing beats this perfectly-poised and expertly-crafted entertainment. Indeed, the story had such strong appeal that it returned to the screen 16 years later, with added songs and Grace Kelly, in the form of musical remake High Society. Prepare to be won over - if you don’t fall in love with this film under the stars, then maybe you and the movies were never meant to be.
 

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Utterly beguiling, funny and romantic.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
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