“I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be, and, finally, I became that person. Or he became me”
Cary Grant was the UK’s secret weapon in Hollywood, emerging from a troubled childhood into a suave, dapper movie star that everyone wanted to work with. Despite being seen by many as quintessentially American, sporting snappy suits and talking in a memorably irresistible mid-Atlantic accent, Cary Grant was born in Bristol and maintained a strong relationship with the UK throughout his life. This is where he learned his craft in the world of variety; acrobatics and slapstick later merged to inform his physical comedy and presence on the big screen. He was more than just a star, however; he was a true acting giant capable of delivering dark and light performances with enough depth to create rounded and complex characters. Hollywood’s leading ladies clamoured to work with him, as did the great directors of the time – many doing so on a number of occasions.
To celebrate the BFI's dazzling Cary Grant retrospective, which runs throughout August & September 2019 at BFI Southbank, we're delighted to showcase some of his best work, Including Criterion's premium Cary Grant Blu-ray collection.
We're also excited to have teamed up with our friends at Bristol's Cary Grant Festival to offer a great range of merchandise featuring the iconic Bristolian.
Explore the season here.