Retrospective: Gregory La Cava at EIFF 2012

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The retropsective on film comedy legend Gregory La Cava kicks off today - get your tickets now as they each screen only once!

Gregory La Cava was one of the great innovators of American film comedy. 

Now is the perfect time to celebrate La Cava's artistic freedom within the Hollywood system, approach to narrative, and taste for strong female characters.

The retrospective will see six of the director's most celebrated films and neglected triumphs films return to the big screen.

Unfinished Business - Tuesday 26 June
This rarely-seen a Cava masterwork sees a small-town woman seek her fortune as a singer in New York. After she accidentally marries an alcoholic playboy, she tries to make the best of the situation. One for anyone fond of tales of the jazz age.

Feel My Pulse - Wednesday 27 June
This manic comedy is often regarded as La Cava’s best silent film. If you like the dizzyingly quick dialogue of screwball comedies, take a look at this different approach in which a hypochondriac heiress inherits a sanitarium to find that it is a front for bootleggers.

Gabriel over the White House - Thursday 28 June
Enjoy some escapism with this outrageous political fantasy made at the bottom of the Depression, a political hack is elected President of the United States. After suffering a near-fatal car accident, he is inspired by the angel Gabriel to seize dictatorial powers in order to lead the nation out of its woes.

She Married Her Boss - Friday 29 June
A little working-class satire for your Friday afternoon. In She Married Her Boss, an efficient secretary tries to bring some working-class common sense to running her boss’s household but meets resistance from his family. Played for naturalistic satire rather than belly laughs, this is an interesting set of variations on some of La Cava’s favourite themes. Perfect for fans of Clara Bow.

My Man Godfrey - Saturday 30 June
Before the Closing Night Gala, take some time to get to know this evergreen classic of Depression-era screwball comedy. On a “scavenger hunt” for “forgotten men,” spoiled socialite Carole Lombard picks up homeless William Powell and gives him a job as her family’s butler. With the success of this film, La Cava won a degree of autonomy rarely achieved by any Hollywood director, receiving full creative control over his films.

Private Worlds - Sunday 1 July
Say farewell to EIFF on the final day and come along to Private Lives, in which the flow of life at a progressive psychiatric hospital is disturbed by the arrival of the conservative new superintendent and his sister. This unusual melodrama, one of the first Hollywood films to deal with mental illness, is one of La Cava’s most visually arresting works.

All tickets for the Gregory La Cava retrospective are a special price of £7 (£6 concessions). Tickets for all of these films are available to book online, in person at the Filmhouse box office, and by phone on 0131 623 8030.

If six films aren't enough for your insatiable appetite for Cava, the retrospective also continues in July with an additional six films screening at the Filmhouse.

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