Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #70 The Lady Eve

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2010 at 7:39 AM

Movie #70 The Lady Eve

(1941, US, d. Preston Sturges)

The Lady Eve is a great screwball comedy, though far from the best of them. Preston Sturges, considered the first screenwriter to also direct, creates a simplistic and yet humorous world filled with incongruities and inconsistencies. Eve, though funny, is no match to films like The Palm Beach Story (another Sturges film), The Philadelphia Story, and even It Happened One Night. It’s about deception and love, stupidity and cunning, and identity confusion. Henry Fonda is a great lead and even in an “easy” film such as this, it’s not hard to see why he’s considered a great actor. Overall, I’ve seen better, but I think that’s only because I, a 21st century boy, have the benefit of hindsight. Had I been able to see it with an audience in 1941, I know I would have been raving.

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