Saturday Matinee Classics
It Happened One Night
This was the first film to accomplish the very rare feat of sweeping all five major Oscar categories (best picture, best actor, best actress, best director, and best screenplay)
In Frank Capra’s acclaimed romantic comedy, spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) impetuously marries the scheming King Westley, leading her tycoon father (Walter Connolly) to spirit her away on his yacht. After jumping ship, Ellie falls in with cynical newspaper reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable), who offers to help her reunite with her new husband in exchange for an exclusive story. But during their travels, the reporter finds himself falling for the feisty young heiress.
Stay tuned after the film for a Cinema Club discussion led by faculty from Rollins College Master of Liberal Studies Program. Rollins’ Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program is based on the premise that studying the great ideas of Western civilization increases intellectual awareness and self-fulfillment. This Cinema Club discussion will focus on key themes from IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT as well as director Frank Capra’s major contributions to award-winning 1930’s and 1940’s cinema.
USA, 1934, 105 minutes, Directed by Frank Capra