Wednesday, December 07, 2011
After re-reading Jennifer Crusie's Faking It I just had to watch a screwball comedy. I started with Bringing Up Baby, involving a bespectacled paleontologist plagued by the manic pixie dream girl prototype and her pet leopard, and continued with eight other films—Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, and Irene Dunne playing love team musical chairs. I have to say though that the heroines are so much more charming than their male leads. Katharine Hepburn in Holiday made me both cry and laugh till my sides ached, all within a span of fifteen minutes. Class.
Hollywood sure doesn't make 'em like that anymore, and it's such a pity.