(Preston Sturges, 1941). A one-of-a-kind brew of grim drama, smart comedy and flat-out slapstick, this is the tale of a Hollywood director, tired of turning out fluff, who goes forth to research the meaning of poverty in order to endow the world with a serious social epic. In turn droll and devastating, it's brightened by sharp performances from Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake.
Sun., May 17, 1:30, 5:20 & 9:10 p.m.; Mon., May 18, 1 & 4:50 p.m., 2009
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