A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
His Girl Friday
She learned about men from him!
Hildy Johnson has divorced Walter Burns and visits his office to tell him that she is engaged to another man and that they are going to get married the day after. Walter Burns can't let that happen and frames the other man, Bruce Baldwin, for a lot of stuff getting him into trouble all the time, while he tries to steer Hildy back into her old job as his employee (editor of his newspaper).
Howard Hawks' "His Girl Friday" is a whirlwind of dialogue, memorable characters, and crackling comic energy. Hilarious and exhausting, the film is a robust and quick-witted piece of entertainment that has not only stood the test of time but has proved itself as one of Hollywood's greatest-ever comedies.
The plot involves a well-shaken potion of divorce, marriage, reporters, and convicts. In the middle of it all, Rosalind Russell's Hildy Johnson and Cary Grant's Walter Burns navigate the narrative as the now-separated couple can not escape one another's magnetism. The story skewers the newspaper business, crime films, and relationships while reveling in its characters and their personalities.
As the two lead personalities, Russell and Grant are excellent. Russell offers a strong…
I HAVE FOUND MY HAPPY SPACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*exhales and twirls and somersaults off into the sunset*
His Girl Friday combines all of my favorite movie things like it was made just for me:
• Ex-lover drama
• Strong female character
• Biting satire
• Witty dialogue
• Lovable and multi-dimensional minor characters
• Emotional honesty
Absolute perfection. His Girl Friday has charm and happiness coming out of its eyeballs and I want to watch it every day for the rest of my life. Unfortunately that isn't possible because my watchlist has almost 300 films on it. A girl can dream...
Thanks for recommending this to me on my classics recommendations list Antonomasia, JW Hendricks, Lise, and Noetic Hatter!
It doesn't get much better than this. The snappy dialogue is funny, smart and quick. And I mean quick. It makes The Social Network look taciturn.
Cary Grant is at his best as news editor Walter Burns who wants his ex-wife and former journalist back. Rosalind Russell is pure perfection as Hildy Johnson who wants nothing to do with her ex or the newspaper business. She wants to go live in Albany and have children with her new fiance. Walter will stop at nothing to prevent Hildy from leaving. He will be cunning, sly and play dirty if it is required.
The film also serves as a critique of the newspaper industry, showing newspaper men misquoting and outright inventing stories…
Walter, you're wonderful, in a loathsome sort of way.
Howard Hawks' adaptation of the Broadway play The Front Page is best described as a piece of dialogue heaven, thanks in no small part to screenwriter Charles Lederer. It was their first collaboration together and it turned out to not only be their best, but the best film adapted from the play. No small task considering that it wasn't the first, and it would go on to be adapted in two more TV movies, a series and a feature film directed by Billy Wilder no less.
Going into finally seeing this classic screwball comedy for the first time ever, I knew I was in for fast-paced dialogue and endlessly fresh verbal wit. The film certainly didn't disappoint on those fronts. Rarely have I seen a movie so brilliantly demonstrate the possibility of dialogue as pedal-to-the-metal action; I'm still reeling from having all that overlapping dialogue blast into my face for such a sustained period of screen time, especially in its second half!
I hadn't, however, expected its cynicism to be so wounding. This is hardly a sentimental glorification of journalism as a noble line of work where the rewards are worth the personal risks (basically, it's everything Ron Howard's 1994 The Paper was not). If anything,…
Pleasant film about journalism, filled with a witty screenplay, believably acted out by Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.
Another case study, this one in practically everything. But let's talk about narrative (structure & pacing), staging, and blocking.
I don't think I really gave His Girl Friday a fair shake when I first saw it three years ago. I don't remember much about my viewing other then that my mind was elsewhere and while I liked the film, I didn't love it. This time however the film had my full attention and my god what a film this is. His Girl Friday may not have been the first screwball comedy, but it was the first to feature this style of of overlapping, rapid fire dialogue. The lines themselves are very clever, but it's the style with which they are delivered that make them really pop. Of course credit is due to leads Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant, who…
They certainly have the gift of gab. There's quite a dark story under all the quippiness, too.
Liked it, haven't yet arrived at love. Not as (ahem) punchy as Bringing Up Baby, but a heckuva lot snappier. Listen, I could go on for days with the hand-action metaphors, but then I'd deserve some hand-action right in the face (and I don't mean the sensitive kind).
See? Screwball, I'm not built for it.
Formal elements I enjoyed:
Hawks knows how to set the table. Not ornate, but he establishes the space well and lets his actors chomp away.
The script by Charles Lederer (adapted from a play by Ben Hecht) is absolutely ferocious in its depiction of both politicians and newspaper people. Give me the foul-mouthed, ruthless reporters of His Girl Friday over the saintly journalists of Spotlight any day.
Diálogos rápidos y enredados, una protagonista ingeniosa y bonita, Cary Grant siendo descarado, todo lo necesario para una película divertida.
Pulsating with raw energy from moment to moment and gleefully funny. Great movie.
I'm a fan.
Eu li sobre esse filme e vi em inúmeras listas, vídeos, gifs, blogs antes de assisti. tenho o dvd, reverbeirei ele umas vezes, demorei pra assisti, anos inclusive, me arrepenpendi de ter mastigado tanto antes de sentar e simplesmente assistir.
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