Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Think you’re film literate? Not until you’ve experienced the masterpieces of world cinema presented as part of this series.
Movies That Matter
Sunday, January 27, 2013
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

 

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)