It says something that Bye Bye Birdie, a musical inspired by a very specific news story of the late 1950s and devised as a humorous commentary on the cultural ethos of that era, has over the last 50 years become timeless.
Raymond Chandler, on whose novel The Big Sleep was based, confessed that even he couldn't figure out the plot of the movie version. But Bogie’s sardonic tough guy and the heat generated by Lauren Bacall make it a film noir classic.
Funniest movie of all time? That’s a tough call, but Bringing Up Baby has to be a contender. This screwball masterpiece screens on Sunday, January 27 at the Plaza Branch as part of the Movies That Matter film series.