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The Lady Eve (1941); The Costume Designer (1949)

The Lady Eve (1941)
August 16, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Deborah Nadoolman Landis.

The Lady Eve (1941)

Directed by Preston Sturges.  

Traveling by luxury liner, Henry Fonda’s wealthy eccentric meets Barbara Stanwyck’s con-artist, who recognizes a sucker ripe for bilking.  Finding herself attracted to him instead, she’s stung by his rejection—on learning of her original intent—and plans a revenge involving a radical change of personality and wardrobe.  Costume designer Edith Head’s creations for the star underlined her own versatility, and invested Stanwyck with newfound glamour. 

Paramount Pictures, Inc.  Producer: Paul Jones.  Screenwriter: Preston Sturges.  Based on a story by Monckton Hoffe.  Cinematographer: Victor Milner.  Editor: Stuart Gilmore. Costume Designer: Edith Head. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette, William Demarest

35mm, b/w, 95 min.

Watch the trailer below:


West Coast Premiere!

Preserved by the Academy Film Archive.

The Costume Designer (1949)

This delightful short offers a detailed explanation of the costume designer’s role in filmic storytelling, taking into account social, psychological and other factors, as well as individual actors’ personalities.  Edith Head is seen executing many phases of the designer’s work. 

35mm, b/w, 9 min.