His Girl Friday

Film/Video

His Girl Friday images courtesy of Sony Pictures

His Girl Friday

Preceded by One Week (Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton, 1920)
Howard Hawks, 1940

Film History 101

As our film heritage becomes more and more digitized, it is harder and harder for audiences to see important films in the manner in which they were originally meant to be presented: in a theater, on film, with an audience. Film History 101 is our modest attempt to keep this tradition alive. Once a month, we'll present a selection that transcends "classic" status to that of "essential"—films that are widely recognized as among the greatest the art of moving pictures has to offer.

Classics

Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

Tue, Mar 29, 2011 7 PM

"Perhaps the funniest, certainly the fastest, talkie comedy ever made.… Quite simply a masterpiece."—Time Out Film Guide

Among the very finest comedies that Hollywood has ever produced, His Girl Friday follows a conniving but irresistible newspaper editor (played by Cary Grant, a master of rapid-fire banter and physical humor) as he desperately tries to woo back his star reporter (Rosalind Russell, more than the equal to Grant). The reporter just happens to be the editor's ex-wife, and she's ready to settle down with a new beau (Ralph Bellamy, the lug of lugs in one of his best roles). Hawks keeps everything moving at a furious pace as romance and professional competition come together in a scintillating battle of the sexes. (92 mins., 35mm)

Showing first is one of Buster Keaton's greatest short comedies, One Week, in which a newlywed couple attempts to assemble a build-it-yourself house with disastrous results. (19 mins., 35mm)

Viewing Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

The Wex is closed Thu, Dec 25, and Thu, Jan 1, but our galleries will be open Fri, Dec 26, through Tue, Dec 30, 10 AM–8 PM. Learn more about our holiday hours here.

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection closes Dec 31. Don't miss the exhibition artnet named among the world's 25 "must-see shows."

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