March 19, 2024

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Screwball Comedies Spotlight in New Series at Pickford Film Center

Classic Comedies from the 1930s — 1950s

Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM.

Screwball comedies, as they came to be called, found their origin during the Great Depression, a time when people, more than ever, needed a laugh and an escape, and the classic screwballs of that era remain some of the most delightful films ever made: quick-witted, fast-talking, hilarious romantic farces, often a battle of the sexes where gender roles are flipped or questioned.

These comedies also featured some of the biggest stars of the era -- Claudette Colbert, Carole Lombard, Katharine Hepburn, Rosalind Russell, Barbara Stanwyck, Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Fred MacMurray, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable -- and it's hard to imagine any stars of our day even remotely matching their ability to speak such witty fast dialogue with such ease nor many actors today having the same grace and hilarity with which those classic stars threw themselves so wholeheartedly into such wonderfully ridiculous situations.

So come join us once a month for our Screwball Sundays at 11 am: we've got mimosas on deck and a brunchtime serving of onscreen hilarity, hijinx, and romance.

Event Details:

Festival Name: Screwball Sundays
Dates: May 5th - September 15th, 2024
Location: Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. Bellingham, WA

Founded in 1998, the Pickford Film Center serves the Whatcom community by screening independent films 365 days a year, producing and presenting the annual Doctober film festival, the Bellingham Children’s Film Festival, numerous film series and special events. The Pickford offers free documentary film showings to all Whatcom middle schools through Doc-ED and partners with students and schools for many other events during the year.

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