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7pm, Wednesday 17 2014. Tickets here.
Think women in 1930s cinema were all fragile damsels in distress, waiting to be swept off their feet by Cary Grant or Clark Gable? Think again. Professor Sarah Churchwell, expert in 20th-21st century American culture, shows that it was the strong and sharp-tongued female stars who really took the lead in Hollywood’s Golden Age. These were the women who, as James Stewart tells Claude Colbert in 1939’s It’s a Wonderful World, “sort of changed my whole philosophy about women. I don’t know… I always figured they kind of ended at the neck. You sort of begin there.” Grab a drink and settle down to watch as a host of Hollywood heroines take over the silver screen.
Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at UEA. She is the author of The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe and most recently Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby, does journalism, radio and television, was a judge for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and is, frankly, rather brilliant.