the bride wore red

25 and 27 March, 2024

‘We breathe, we sleep and we get hungry too, very much like human beings.’

In this glamorous but sharp edged romantic comedy, Joan Crawford stars as Anni Pavlovitch, a singer at a downmarket cabaret who is hired by a wily Count to impersonate an aristocrat at a swish Alpine resort. Restyled and reborn as the bewitching Anni Vivladi (complete with a red evening gown) Pavlovitch becomes an object of adoration for a series of men, and tries to scheme her way out of her desperate real-life circumstances through an expedient marriage to a wealthy gentleman. As you can expect with Dorothy Arzner, The Bride Wore Red is slick and entertaining, but beneath the frothy energy and swirling intrigue lies a smart, empathetic portrait of a unapologetically pragmatic woman mobilising all her charms in order to escape the grim reality of poverty and powerlessness.

Screening as part of our CineMasters: Dorothy Arzner season, curated by archive activists Invisible Women

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