First of all, if you’d like to join me in watching classic romantic comedies, you’ll find everything you need to know here. It’s not too late.
Second of all, what’s going on with the poster? Rosalind Russell does not appear in an evening gown at any point during the movie (also? that looks nothing like her). And the tagline: She learned about men from him! Well, yeah, maybe she did, but that’s got nothing to do with the movie either. Even the title has nothing to do with the movie.
That aside, I love this one. I saw it a few years ago and loved it and I think I might’ve loved it even more this time. It’s got the fabulous chemistry and dialogue of Bringing Up Baby, but the plot isn’t stupid and Cary Grant is perfectly cast and very sexy.
Having said that… I wouldn’t call it a romance. Yes, Cary Grant’s Walter and Rosalind Russell’s Hildy are in love, but they’re in love at the beginning, the middle and the end. I wanted them to end up together, because I thought they were perfect for one another, but I felt that they knew that too. Nothing really changes in their relationship. She divorced him because he was obsessed with the job and during the course of the film she realises she’s obsessed with the job too. It’s really not about her relationship with Walter at all.
In fact the best thing about this film for me is how positive it is about Hildy’s career. She’s adores her work and even though in the beginning she claims to want to give it up and live a normal life, you know full well she’s not going to. Again, a much more positive role than you’d get in a most mainstream films these days – she realises that she doesn’t want to be a housewife in the suburbs and raise babies, she’ll be much happier doing her job. Can you imagine? And, as with Garbo’s character in Ninotchka, the men Hildy works with respect her. They don’t make sexist remarks, they don’t patronise her, they don’t try to get off with her. It’ll be interesting as we work through the list to see when women’s roles changed.
This was the first movie so far to make me laugh out loud. I loved the sight gag when Cary Grant lifts Louis up to show him what Bruce looks like and there were so many cute one-liners. But for a comedy, the plot is surprisingly serious.
I loved it, but it’s just **** from me, cos I don’t believe it’s really a romance. What do you think?
Next week: The Philadelphia Story