The Quad's retrospective pays tribute to comedienne Goldie Hawn, returning to the big screen for the first time in 15 years with Snatched
Titles include Private Benjamin, Swing Shift, Death Becomes Her, The Sugarland Express and The First Wives Club on 35mm
No Hollywood actress in recent memory has come closer than Goldie Hawn to capturing the ebullience and whip-smart comic timing of the great screen comediennes of the ’30s and ’40s, a modern Joan Blondell or Carole Lombard. Though she won an Academy Award for one of her first roles (in 1969’s Cactus Flower), critics have tended to underestimate the depths of her talent. The forthcoming film Snatched marks her long-awaited return to the screen after a 15-year absence, and we’re celebrating the occasion with a greatest-hits retrospective, a veritable masterclass in the delicate art of cinematic comedy.
Spite never sleeps in this gleefully vindictive comedy about getting even and the bonds of sisterhood. Hawn stars opposite Bette Midler and Diane Keaton as a once-acclaimed actress plagued by ageism and out for revenge against her ex-husband and his perky new muse. But acrimony eventually gives way to a new sense of liberation, culminating in an ever-endearing rendition of Lesley Gore's anthem of female independence.