Slinky Cinderella Saunters Through City o’ Lights: Mitchell Leisen’s Masterpiece Midnight in 35mm

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2

Wednesday, July 29 @ 7:00pm
Directed by Mitchell Leisen • 1939
Bronx showgirl Eve Peabody (Claudette Colbert) arrives in Paris penniless, with only the gown on her back. She instantly enthralls earnest Hungarian cab driver Tibor Czerny (Don Ameche), but soon sets her sights higher. Using a Monte Carlo municipal pawn ticket as her calling card, Peabody gains entrée into Parisian high society, where she attracts the attention of soused aristocrat John Barrymore, who enlists her as an unwitting co-conspirator in his scheme to break up his wife (Mary Astor) and her lover (Francis Lederer). Things get even more complicated when Tibor turns up as the unstable “Baron Czerny”. This screwball romantic comedy is filled with quick-witted dialogue and terrific timing, typical of screenwriters Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett. Granted carte blanche by the studio, Leisen wound up crafting a fitting climax to Paramount’s decade of elegant, continental entertainment. A recent National Film Registry inductee, this is one Cinderella story where the magic lingers long past midnight. (HG)
94 min • Paramount Pictures • 35mm from Universal

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