The Cinema Museum, London

Women and Cocaine presents Design for Living (1933)

Tue 17 Dec 2019 @ 19:30 · Events

Bring ALL your boyfriends and girlfriends along because what better way to spend your Christmas than joining Women & Cocaine as we screen you the ground breaking Design for Living (1933).

Design for LivingA daring movie that satirises sexual mores by heaping irony upon irony.

Starring the witty and charismatic Miriam Hopkins as Gilda, an American artist living in Paris who is unable, or should that be ‘unwilling’, to choose between the handsome painter (Gary Cooper) and an equally handsome playwright (Frederic March).

But why should she choose when she can have both?!

The threesome decide to ‘go against nature’ and all move in together in cinema’s first ever representation of a thruple! Of course, nothing can go wrong!

“A brilliant film series at the Cinema Museum celebrating the fierce and liberated women of early cinema” (Time Out London)

From the period of 1930 to 1934, before the introduction of censorship (known as the Hays Code) Women were depicted in roles with a frankness and sex-positivity that remains rare even today. These newly independent women pushed gender boundaries as they pursued their own economic freedom and excitement, defying the previous Victorian ideals of domesticity, sexual purity and religion. Hollywood soon caught on and began to represent these women on screen, and each month we celebrate a different woman from that era.

Come join us in this beautifully historic Grade II listed venue for a discussion, then screening of the film and our exclusive raffle!

“My father warned me about men & booze, but he never mentioned a word about women & cocaine” – Tallulah Bankhead.

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Doors open at 18.30, for a 19.30 start.

Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.


Reserved tickets £10 available from Eventbrite. Tickets will also be available on the door on the night. Concessions available on the door with valid ID. Phone bookings for this event cannot be made via the Cinema Museum.
Design for Living