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That's some fast talking

So, I watched His Girl Friday last night — if you're going to see any of those 30s/40s screwball comedies, this is the one to see. There's a lot of fast-talking wise-cracking dialog, about 240 words per minute according to some reviews, and Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell make a great pair. They sure don't write 'em like that any more !

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rpkrajewski
Nov. 12th, 2002 07:27 pm (UTC)
Oh yes
Funny, NetFlix has The Thin Man, but not any of the sequels. Still, dig we must !
marm0t
Nov. 12th, 2002 08:38 am (UTC)
I love that movie.

Roz Russell is my hero.
rpkrajewski
Nov. 12th, 2002 07:22 pm (UTC)
And ya know
Do they even write parts like that for women anymore ?
ex_snej373
Nov. 12th, 2002 09:54 am (UTC)
Oh, I love that film.

They don't make them like that anymore, but check out the Coen brothers' The Hudsucker Proxy, which is in many ways an homage to those screwball comedies -- in particular, Jennifer Jason Leigh is really channeling Rosalind Russell's character.
rpkrajewski
Nov. 12th, 2002 07:20 pm (UTC)
You know, for kids !
Ah yes, I've actually seen Hudsucker. Probably a good self-guided curriculum for film school is to start with Coen Brothers movies and work back into their influences…
guysterrules
Nov. 13th, 2002 10:49 pm (UTC)
His Girl Friday is awesome. Have you seen the original, The Front Page? It was made in 32 or 33 I think and it's great but it is no Roz and Cary, There's always Bringing Up Baby or My Man Godfrey which are both great too. I love films from the 30s and 40s. Even the smallest characters have personalities.
rpkrajewski
Nov. 14th, 2002 05:41 am (UTC)
Nope, haven't seen the Front Page, although I guess that's something else to put on the NetFlix queue !

And yeah, those older movies definitely have a snap to them that it hard to create these days..
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