Criterion Collection: My Man Godfrey (1936) BR
Carole Lombard and William Powell dazzle in this definitive screwball comedy, directed by Gregory La Cava—a potent cocktail of romantic repartee and Depression-era social critique.
Irene (Lombard), an eccentric Manhattan socialite, wins a society-ball scavenger hunt after finding one of the “items” on the list, a “lost man” (Powell), at a dump. She gives the man she believes to be a down-and-out drifter work as the family butler, and soon falls head over heels in love.
Her attempts to both woo Godfrey and indoctrinate him in the dysfunctional ways of the household make for an unbeatable series of madcap hijinks. La Cava’s deft film was the first to garner Oscar nominations in all four acting categories, and it is one of Hollywood’s greatest commentaries on class and the social unrest of its time.
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • New piece about the film with jazz and film critic Gary Giddins • New discussion about director Gregory La Cava with critic Nick Pinkerton • Outtakes • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1938, starring actors William Powell, Carole Lombard, Gail Patrick, and Mischa Auer • Newsreels from the thirties documenting the class divide during the Great Depression • Trailer • PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme
|Director 導演||Gregory La Cava|