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“Walter, you’re wonderful, in a loathsome sort of way”
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell star in one of the fastest-talking screwball comedies–make that movies–ever made. His Girl Friday is a clever script teeming with fab dialogue, delivered by a top-notch cast, and captured by one of the best directors of Hollywood’s Golden Age; Howard Hawks. You can see His Girl Friday this Saturday morning (May 10th) at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s Saturday, May 10th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117.
Admission is only $5.
The second screen version of the Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur play The Front Page, His Girl Friday changed hard-driving newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson from a man to a woman, transforming the story into a scintillating battle of the sexes. Rosalind Russell plays Hildy, about to foresake »
- Tom Stockman
Three Takes is a new column dedicated to the art of short-form criticism. Each week, three writers—Calum Marsh, Fernando F. Croce, and Joseph Jon Lanthier—offer stylized capsules which engage, in brief, with classic and contemporary films.
Design For Living (1933)
“It’s true we have a gentlemen’s agreement,” susurrates a suggestively bed-strewn Miriam Hopkins, “but unfortunately I am no gentlemen.” Indeed: never before or since has the fulcrum of a three-way so iconically longed or been longed for, soaking up desire like a sponge. Design for Living, of course, has enjoyed a now 80-year legacy on the promise of its barely muffled libertine sensibility, that same vague aura of licentiousness in which nearly every remotely racy pre-Code comic romance is anachronistically steeped. Design for Living certainly makes use of the luxury of candor—sex as a subject is plainly on the table here, explicated without »
- Calum Marsh
As she arrives for the Oscars, the producer of The Master and Zero Dark Thirty is no longer the mystery she was
Photographers should be able to recognise Megan Ellison as she arrives at the Oscars this Sunday. Dark-haired and a young-looking 27, the producer of two of the year's most contentious films – The Master and Zero Dark Thirty – is no longer the mystery she was a couple of years ago. Yet the most powerful new force in Hollywood may still go unnoticed.
"She's incredibly self-effacing," says JoAnne Sellar, another of The Master's producers, who has worked with that film's director, Paul Thomas Anderson, throughout his career. "If you ran into her on set, you'd assume she was someone's Pa."
For an industry fond of tales of secretive billionaires with extravagant superpowers, there is something strangely fitting about the rise of Ellison, the daughter of software tycoon Larry Ellison, third wealthiest man in America. »
- Danny Leigh
★★★★★ Legendary producer David Selznick was urged by financier John Hay 'Jock' Whitney to make a "cock-eyed comedy" when Whitney saw and fell in love with George La Cava's seminal screwball My Man Godfrey (1936). After being hired by Selznick against the backers' wishes, Ben Hecht wrote the majority of 1937 classic Nothing Sacred in four days, as he travelled on trains between New York and Los Angeles. This sense of haste is evident in the film's frantic frivolousness. While it may lack the tonal and structural elegance of the more famous screwball comedies of the 30s, it's a deliciously acerbic piece which excels in its brisk cynicism and absence of phony moralising.
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- CineVue UK
4 items from 2013
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