Comedy Genius is a nationwide season that celebrates the greatest onscreen comedy talent, led by the BFI, Independent Cinema Office and BFI Film Audience Network.
Read more about the films you can see below, listed in chronological order.
Mabel Normand was the irrepressible spirit of early Hollywood, and can be seen in a package of short films in The Marvellous Mabel Normand: The Leading Lady Of Film Comedy accompanied by a newly commissioned score from The Meg Morley Trio.
Modern classic Mean Girls stars Lindsay Lohan as Cady Heron, a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, who makes the mistake of falling for the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina.
Arguably the Marx Brothers’ funniest film, comedy masterpiece Duck Soup tells the story of a wealthy widow who offers financial aid to the bankrupt country of Freedonia on the condition that the bumbling Rufus T. Firefly be made leader.
Cary Grant is hard-charging newspaper editor Walter Burns in Howard Hawks’ classic comedy His Girl Friday. When Burns discovers his ex-wife Hildy (Rosalind Russell) has gotten engaged, he tries to lure her away from tame domestic life.
Billy Wilder’s hysterical classic Some Like It Hot stars Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis as a pair of friends who hide from the mob by masquerading as woman in an all-female band featuring singer Sugar (Marilyn Monroe).
Mel Brooks directs Oscar-nominated satire Blazing Saddles in which a railroad worker becomes the first black sheriff of Rock Ridge. He and his perpetually drunk gunfighter friend (Gene Wilder) are the only defence against a wave of thugs attempting to rid the town of its population.
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton star as three female office workers who attempt to get revenge against their sexist and egotistical boss in 9 To 5.
In Coming To America, Eddie Murphy plays Prince Akeem, who escapes an arranged marriage and flees to America to find his queen in John Landis’ (The Blues Brothers) comedy.