Chelsea Classics Summer 2023
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Live/Laugh/Lie: Screwball Comedies - The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941, 93 min) Barbara Stanwyck sizzles, Henry Fonda bumbles, and Preston Sturges runs riot in one of the all-time great screwballs, a pitch-perfect blend of comic zing and swoonworthy romance. Aboard a cruise liner sailing up the coast of South America, Stanwyck’s conniving card sharp sets her sights on Fonda’s nerdy snake researcher, who happens to be the heir to a brewery fortune. But when the con artist falls for her mark, her grift becomes a game of hearts—and she is determined to win it all. This gender-flipped battle-of-wits farce is perhaps Sturges’ most emotionally satisfying work, tempering its sparkling humor with a streak of tender poignancy supplied by the sensational Stanwyck at her peak.