Special Film + Lecture event Saturday, February 23rd at 4pm
Sponsored by the Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry (D-phi) at MSU Denver
Stanley Cavell (1926-2018) was a celebrated professor of philosophy at Harvard University and one of the most influential American film “theorists" of the second half of the twentieth century. Outside of the academy, Cavell was perhaps best know for his brilliant interpretation of various screwball comedies from Hollywood’s golden age, such as It Happened One Night, The Philadelphia Story and His Girl Friday. This screening of one of his favorite films—The Lady Eve--will be introduced by a former student and friend of Cavell and followed by a panel discussion with four film scholars and philosophers whose work has been shaped by Cavell’s legacy. Please join us for what will surely be a stimulating conversation about film, philosophy and the enduring relevance of classic Hollywood cinema.
Chair: Timothy Gould (Metropolitan State University of Denver)
Richard Eldridge (Swarthmore College), Michael Fischer (Trinity University), Katalin Makkai (Bard College Berlin), Marion Keane (Independent Scholar)
About The Lady Eve:
It's no accident when wealthy Charles (Henry Fonda) falls for Jean (Barbara Stanwyck). Jean is a con artist with her sights set on Charles' fortune. Matters complicate when Jean starts falling for her mark. When Charles suspects Jean is a gold digger, he dumps her. Jean, fixated on revenge and still pining for the millionaire, devises a plan to get back in Charles' life. With love and payback on her mind, she re-introduces herself to Charles, this time as an aristocrat named Lady Eve Sidwich.