|November 3, 2019|
Pre-Code Hollywood refers to an era in motion pictures from the arrival of sound in the late 1920s to the mandatory enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code in July 1934. This series focuses on films made between 1930 and 1934 and highlights how openly suggestive some of these films were and how blissfully defiant they were of the Code authority (that defiance, however, would bring on more forceful self-censorship that would last well into the 1960s). Presented by the Film Geeks San Diego.
In this comedic drama, an ambitious New York socialite plans an extravagant dinner party as her businessman husband, Oliver (Lionel Barrymore), contends with financial woes, causing a lot of tension between the couple. Meanwhile, their high-society friends and associates, including the gruff Dan Packard (Wallace Beery) and his sultry spouse, Kitty (Jean Harlow), contend with their own entanglements, leading to revelations at the much-anticipated dinner.
“Put Dinner at Eight down as an exceptionally fine directorial job and place Cukor higher on your list of directors as a result of it.” – Hollywood Reporter
Runtime: 113 minutes
Director: George Cukor
$11 General Admission / $8.50 Students & Seniors / $7.50 Members. Tickets available at box office or online.
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