Wednesday 8 May 2019

On Blu-ray - David Hare recommends Mitchell Leisen's EASY LIVING (USA, 1937)

Jean Arthur (left) staggers off the 5th Avenue bus after nearly being knocked out by a fur coat that fell from the sky. Later she's confronted by the great Franklin Pangborn, seriously adorned in Travis Banton wardrobe (below), at the Hotel Louis, saying "My dear, pour yourself into these and fall in a faint." 
The film is of course Leisen's wonderful 1937 Easy Living, the first of his Preston Sturges screenplays. And for Leisenistas everywhere Kino Lorber will be releasing Blu-rays of this and the somewhat more prosaic and stagebound (1934) Death Takes a Holiday in late July. 
These plus Arrow's July Hold Back the Dawn, coming out the same month hopefully hint at a subsequent Blu of Midnight before year's end.

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