His Girl Friday
His Girl Friday
Preceded by One Week (Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton, 1920)
Howard Hawks, 1940
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.
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.
"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)
$5 senior citizens
$7 general public