The Lady Eve 07/25/20

The Criterion Collection

On his stellar directing roll at Paramount Preston Sturges graduates to a top-notch cast and a grade-A production budget, neither of which cramp his style one iota. This enlarged pun on the Garden of Eden myth touts that ‘Barbara Stanwyck has Henry Fonda bewitched and bewildered!’ Charles Coburn, Eugene Palette and William Demarest have socko comedy material to chew on, and the chemistry between Stanwyck and Fonda (“Snakes are my life!”) is genuinely hot & bothered steamy. We’re especially excited by this upgrade of a 2001 DVD; apparently the rumors that no good elements were available were unfounded. Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.