(1933) Directed by Victor Fleming. Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Frank Morgan. (86 min.) DVD.
A dizzy blonde movie queen’s life is spinning out of control. Besieged by the “pack of leeches,” her family and so-called friends, she searches for love in all the wrong places. Crackerjack pre-Code wisecracks abound in this fascinating peep inside the MGM dream factory.
“Harlow is glorious in every frame, because she’s so perfectly imperfect: charming, infuriating, delightful, immature, divine, common, childish, glorious, stubborn” (Warner Archive).
We start December with a mesmerizing animated film by a Dutch director, part of our new ArtHouse series, and a movie pick inspired by the exhibition Inspiring Beauty, starring Diana Ross. January begins a classic comedy film festival curated by Laura Boyes, and John Munson presents two more notable ArtHouse films.