A trio of fast and funny classic comedies with some of cinema’s favourite on-screen couples. Curated in celebration of the Modern Couples exhibition that is running in the Barbican Art Gallery. Three fantastic comedy couples feature in films from France, Italy and the US. While the relationships of cinema’s most famous double acts are platonic in nature, these films show that comedy and romantic chemistry can be a perfect match.
It Happened One Night is the prototype for the classic battle of the sexes, with Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable in a perpetual game of one-upmanship, which continues even as they fall in love. Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni starred in 14 films together, none more fast and funny than the Oscar-winning Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. And Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi show how farce should be done in high camp treat La Cage aux Folles.