At this moment, I consider Howard Hawks’s Bringing Up Baby the greatest comedy Hollywood ever produced. I may change my mind. I haven’t always been that fond of it. Each time I’ve watched it in the past (there have been many) I saw something iffy, and it was always something different — chunky pacing, stuffyContinue reading “Bringing Up Baby (1938)”
Gregory La Cava’s My Man Godfrey has a beautiful reputation. It’s viewed as La Cava’s signature film, with legendary performances by Carole Lombard and William Powell. Many of its fans consider it among the best screwball/romantic comedies ever made. It was surely the most highly regarded comedy of its time in Hollywood itself — itContinue reading “My Man Godfrey (1936)”
Easy Living figures in everyone’s canon of classic Hollywood comedies. With a screenplay by Preston Sturges, a luminous performance by Jean Arthur, and one of the looniest farcical premises in the whole genre (not the looniest — that would be Christmas in July), it seems to stand alone. The brilliant script includes some of theContinue reading “Easy Living (1937) 1. – Object Oriented Comedy”
From time to time I’ll post a playlist of song clips that I really like from the films I’ve been watching. Just the songs — no theory, no history, no criticism, no commentary.
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