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A trio of fast and funny classic comedies with some of cinema’s favourite on-screen couples. Curated in celebration of Modern Couples in the Art Gallery.
As the Modern Couples exhibition continues in the Barbican Art Gallery, we raise a toast to three fantastic comedy couples in films from France, Italy and the US. While the relationships of cinema’s most famous double acts are platonic in nature, these films show that comedy and romantic chemistry can be a perfect match.
The earliest film in our season, It Happened One Night, is the prototype for the classic battle of the sexes, with Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable in a perpetual game of one-upmanship, which continues even as they fall in love. Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni starred in 14 films together, none more fast and funny than the Oscar-winning Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. And Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi show how farce should be done in high camp treat La Cage aux Folles.
These screenings are curated by the Barbican as part of Comedy Genius, a nationwide celebration of comedy on screen, led by BFI, the Independent Cinema Office and BFI Film Audience network, supported by funds from the National Lottery. For more screenings go to bficomedy.co.uk #bficomedy
Barbican Film Quiz
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Comedy Couples: La Cage aux Folles (15) + intro
Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi embrace high camp in this delightful, bawdy farce, later remade as The Birdcage.
Comedy Couples: It Happened One Night (U)
Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable star in one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic comedies: an early prototype for the romantic comedy.
Comedy Couples: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (15)
Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni starred in fourteen films together, none more fast and funny than the Oscar-winning Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.
Barbican Cinema 2 & 3
Barbican Cinema 2 & 3 are located on Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican’s Silk Street entrance. From Silk Street, you’ll see a zebra crossing that will take you across the road to the venue.
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Cinemas 2 & 3 are located at Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican Centre’s main Silk Street entrance. There are a couple of steep, dropped kerbs and an incline to negotiate between the two sites. Level access from Beech Street.
Each auditorium has three permanent wheelchair spaces (two in the third row and one in the front row) and 153 fixed seats with capacity for a further three spaces in the front row. Access to each auditorium is up a ramp. There are also a number of seats with step-free access.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the cinema – please tell us when booking to ensure your seat has enough space. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the foyer staff during the performance.
An infrared system for hard of hearing customers is provided in each auditorium; headsets or neck loops can be collected from foyer staff. The ticket desk counter is fitted with an induction loop.
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