Friday, December 23, 2011


Gary Cooper, Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins in
Design For Living (1933)

Earlier this month The Criterion Collection released a high definition digital restoration of the pre-code classic film, Design For Living (1933) on DVD and Blu-Ray, but if you want a chance to enjoy this film on the big screen as it was meant to be, prior to enjoying the film at home, the American Cinematheque will be presenting a screening of the film at the Aero theatre in Santa Monica, California. The screening is scheduled for Wednesday, December 28, 2011 and is the second part of a double feature, the first film being another Ernst Lubitsch classic, Ninotchka (1939). Lubitsch's daughter Nicola, will be introducing the double feature. And for those who haven't purchased a copy of Design For Living, all ticket holders will have a chance to win a DVD of the Criterion release.

Design For Living stars the always handsome Gary Cooper, the actor's actor Fredric March, and scene stealer Miriam Hopkins. Cooper and March play roommates living in Paris who both fall in love with the same girl, Gilda Farrell, played by Hopkins. Hopkins can't decide which man she loves, so what does she do? She decides to live with both men!

"Garbo Laughs!" was the tagline for the romantic comedy, Ninotchka, starring Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas. In this film, Garbo is a tough Russian woman sent to Paris to sell some stolen jewelery and bring back three fellow Russians who couldn't complete the task because they had become distracted by the luxuries of a capitalist society. Garbo too begins to fall in love with the West and also with a charming Count (Douglas). What is a Russian girl to do?

Where: Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
When: Wedensday, December 28, 2011 at 7:30pm

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