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    Champagne (Live Piano Accompaniment)

    Presented by at Harvard Film Archive

    August 1, 2013


    Champagne (Live Piano Accompaniment)

    A screwball comedy laced with despair, Champagne conjures a fair amount of Hitchcockian suspicion in spite of its frivolous characters. Comedienne Betty Balfour stars as a spoiled heiress used to being the life of the party. Her father’s ruin sends her looking for work at a cabaret, where she experiences a decidedly Germanic fall from grace. Hitchcock films the decadent hotel with deep focus and fluid long takes, lending a cool degree of realism to the otherwise titillating atmosphere. Standing on the periphery is a mysterious and menacing gentleman who surveys the bedlam through his glass of bubbly. Among the film’s other visual concoctions are superimposed hallucinations, a mugging filmed entirely from the waist down, and the first ever freeze-frame to be used in a film.

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    Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque
    24 Quincy Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138

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    $9 - Regular Admission
    $7 - Non-Harvard Students, Harvard Faculty and Staff, and Senior Citizens
    Regular HFA screenings are free for all Harvard students with a valid photo ID.
    $12 - Special Event Ticket Price for all patrons
    Discounts apply for Harvard Film Archive Members

    Phone: 617-496-3211

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