STUCK ON THE SECOND TIER: UNDERKNOWN AUTEURS: GREGORY LA CAVA
January 27 – January 29
Ford, Hawks, Hitchcock, Godard, Fellini, Altman, and Chaplin are known entities, inexhaustible yet deeply mined. Describing the cinematic style of Siodmak, La Cava, Dwan, Eustache, Ferreri, Walsh, Rudolph, or Vidor is a more slippery proposition, however, mostly because their films are harder to see. UNDERKNOWN AUTEURS, programmed by Miriam Bale and taking place at venues across NYC, attempts to remedy that, with screenings of rarely-shown films by directors like these.
For Anthology’s contribution to the UNDERKNOWN AUTEURS events, we’ve decided to focus on the great Gregory La Cava, a director well-known for the beloved musical STAGE DOOR and the acclaimed depression-era comedy MY MAN GODFREY, but also the creator of many other, lesser-known classics, such as the two highlighted here. Few Hollywood filmmakers have so effortlessly and gracefully intertwined the comic and the serious – La Cava rarely broaches the pretense of comedy, but his films penetrate to realms of feeling as affecting and profound as in any self-important drama.
Look out for more UNDERKNOWN AUTEURS screenings at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Museum of the Moving Image, and elsewhere this winter.