Comedy Couples

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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

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