Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Twenty Films Essential to Cinema Literacy
Think you’re film literate? Not until you’ve experienced the masterpieces of world cinema presented as part of this new series. Former Kansas City Star film critic Robert W. Butler (now a member of the Library’s Public Affairs staff) provides opening and closing remarks.
Depression-era movie goers wanted escapism, laughs, and romance. Thus the popularity of screwball comedy.
This rollicking genre offered rapid-fire dialogue, farcical situations, a big dash of slapstick, and often cross dressing.
Bringing Up Baby has all of those, plus Cary Grant as a befuddled paleontologist and Katharine Hepburn as a ditzy heiress who is dangling in front of him the promise of a big contribution. The Baby of the title, by the way, is Hepburn’s pet leopard.
Behind the camera is Howard Hawks, a man as comfortable with madcap silliness (His Girl Friday, Monkey Business) as with Westerns (Red River, Rio Bravo), film noir (The Big Sleep), gangster movies (Scarface), science fiction (The Thing From Another World) and real-life hagiography (Sergeant York).
SUNDAYS at 1:30 p.m.
|September 2, 2012||Citizen Kane (1941: NR)|
|September 16, 2012||The General (1926: NR)|
|September 30, 2012||The Seventh Seal (1957: NR)|
|October 14, 2012||Rashomon (1950: NR)|
|October 28, 2012||Nosferatu (1922: NR)|
|November 4, 2012||Raging Bull (1980: R)|
|November 18, 2012||The Bicycle Thieves (1948: NR)|
|December 2, 2012||The Manchurian Candidate (1962: NR)|
|December 9, 2012||Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1939: NR)|
|January 6, 2013||The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928: NR)|
|January 13, 2013||My Darling Clementine (1946: NR)|
|January 27, 2013||Bringing Up Baby (1938: NR)|
|February 10, 2013||All About Eve (1950: NR)|
|February 24, 2013||Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to
Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964: NR)
|March 10, 2013||The Circus (1928: NR)|
|March 24, 2013||Rear Window (1954: NR)|
|April 7, 2013||Wings of Desire (1987: PG-13)|
|April 21, 2013||Singin’ in the Rain (1952: NR)|
|May 5, 2013||Sunset Boulevard (1950: NR)|
|May 19, 2013||Metropolis (1927: NR)|