First A Girl

First A Girl

Saturday 2 Nov 2019, 18:00

Part of our musicals mini-season, this 1935 British film is a delectable cross-dressing caper packed with risqué comedy and impressive song-and-dance numbers. An adaptation of 1933 German film Victor and Victoria - which was later remade as Victor/Victoria (1982) starring Julie Andrews and then reworked in Shakespeare in Love (1998) - Victor Saville’s film sees shop girl Elizabeth (played by 1920’s London stage star, Jessie Matthews) pretending to be a boy in order to perform onstage as a female impersonator, who is then forced to drop the disguise when she falls in love with a man. The perfect big screen musical fix.

Cast: Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Anna Lee

Director: Victor Saville

This screening has no adverts or trailers and starts at the advertised time.

Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO.  

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