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All the bones except the one that matters!
Bringing Up Baby (DVD)
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Bringing Up Baby (DVD)
Advantages: Great performances and script
To fully understand Bringing Up Baby, one first needs to gain context, concerning both its director, Howard Hawks, and its initial reception and subsequent re-evaluation throughout the years. Howard Hawks is a man that has dabbled in numerous genres - horror and sci-fi (The Thing from Another World), the Western (Red River), and of course, the romantic comedy, with Bringing up Baby. Of all of his generic fleeting, there is one thing that is a mainstay - the idea of the Hawksian woman, an extremely powerful woman that is driven and independent, and manages to supercede the male. In Red River, this would be coming between the silly characters played by John Wayne and Montgomery Clift, and in Bringing up Baby, this is through Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn), a free-spirited, independantly wealth woman, who proceeds to make an absolute fool out of the uptight, sexually repressed character of David Huxley (Cary Grant).
The film very much revolves around David looking to find the final bone for his dinosaur exhibit at the museum, and this is a rather cheeky allegorical reference from Hawks so as to illustrate that David has all the bones except that the one that matters in romantic exchanges, given how the Hollywood production code meant that flagrant reference to sexuality was a big no-no. He is an emotionally castrated man, soon to marry the dour and emotionally staid Alice Swallow (Virginia Walker), whilst Susan represents the exact opposite - she is flagrantly sexual, and although he initially rejects this through shock, there's no doubt that in it David finds something incredibly alluring, despite the potential financial loss if he is distracted from finishing this exhibit and marrying into Alice's wealthy family.
This is a devilishly funny film and shows that not only is Hawks of the most diverse filmmakers of all time, but his famously rigorously work ethic produced brilliant results. Hepburn and Grant have superb chemistry, and Hawks's famous overlapping dialogue produces great results once again!
This absurd screwball comedy is fun and entertaining thanks to the complimentary performances from Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, as well as a witty, quick-fire script.
Summary: A classic