The Berlin International Film Festival will highlight the comedic work of American actresses in its Retrospective programming.

Mae West, Rosalind Russell, and Carole Lombard will be commemorated through the programming of 30 films of classic Hollywood comedy. As the leading comediennes of the era, the three women were self-confident artists who resisted cliché. The Retrospective’s “No Angels – Mae West, Rosalind Russell, & Carole Lombard” film program will accompany events held in the Deutsche Kinemathek Museum of Film and Television.

Rainer Rother, artistic director of the Deutsche Kinemathek and head of the Retrospective track, commented, “Comedies take clichés and play with them – and even crush them. They use real circumstances and disparities as their material, but also the relationship of the sexes. The classic Hollywood comedies of the 1930s and 1940s took on this subject matter under the restrictions of the ‘Production Code’, and thanks to the great actresses of the era, were able to question traditional role models. That’s why we decided to mount a retrospective of the comedy genre. We are thrilled to honor the acting accomplishments of West, Russell, and Lombard.”

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