Westport Film Club will host a screening of the 1940 James Stewart comedy The Shop Around the Corner at its next screening on Wednesday, December 5 at 8.45pm in Westport Cineplex.
Ernst Lubitsch's 1940 comedy with James Stewart is a very different taste from the 1998 remake, You've Got Mail. Lubitsch demonstrates that romantic comedies, like popcorn, can be enjoyed salty as well as sweet. Described in The Guardian as a “sharp, elegant, unsentimental picture in which Stewart plays a character who is often gloomy and downright unsympathetic. The setting is bustling Budapest, in a smart leather-goods emporium, where Alfred (Stewart ), like the other sales assistants, is nursing various shabby-genteel grievances related to status. He is offhand with co-worker Klara (Margaret Sullavan ), and carrying on a romantic pen-pal correspondence with a woman he has never met. Of course, this is Klara”.