Film Series : Recently Restored 2016

Her Man

1930, Tay Garnett, USA, 85 min. With Helen Twelvetrees, Phillips Holmes.

Show Times

  • Sat, Sep 10th 4:45pm
  • Mon, Sep 12th 6:00pm

“If you were to devise the platonic ideal of a pre-Code movie it would probably look quite a bit like Tay Garnett’s 1930 barrelhouse melodrama HER MAN...a rolling, heaving, helluva a good time.” — Nick Pinkerton, Artforum

Like SHANGHAI EXPRESS, this broads-booze-and-brawls saga is an entry in the “fallen woman” (aka “shady lady”) cycle that was a mainstay of Hollywood’s lightly censored “pre-Code” era. The questionable lady in question is Frankie (Twelvetrees), a bargirl working in a sleazy Havana dive under the thumb of her cold-hearted pimp Johnny (Ricardo Cortez). Then the arrival of sailor boy Dan (Holmes), who can warble a pleasing tune as well as throw a solid punch, stirs her yearnings for something better. Garnett’s rowdy style contrasts sharply with Sternberg’s elegance, but is still impressively ambitious in its use of long takes, ambient sound, and dynamic camera movements (especially an early, epic tracking shot through the seedy streets of Havana that anticipates the legendary opening shot of Welles’s TOUCH OF EVIL). This 4K DCP restoration, produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Film Foundation from a recently discovered camera negative in the Library of Congress vaults, was acclaimed by critics at screenings earlier this year at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Il Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Recently Restored film on any Saturday or relevant Sunday in September or October, and get a ticket for the second Recently Restored film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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