• His Girl Friday (1940) - Howard Hawks

    Tour de force performances by Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, talking a mile a minute, and expressing the combative romantic relationship between two characters who still love one another.  If you’ve seen or read Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, you can see a continuation of the genre of verbal sparring between two reluctant lovers.

    Notable things about this film: it was adapted from a popular play, THE FRONT PAGE (as was THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, also with Cary Grant).   Also, it has been the inspiration for many films and television shows–two quick-tongued characters, one man and one woman, who express their romantic urges in a perversely comedic manner. 

    Also, note the way Howard Hawks balanced dialogue between character relationships and plot exposition; it moves fast, never sits in just one place; characters are revealed through and with the plot.

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