Bringing Up Baby

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British Film Institute, Jan 4, 2011 - Performing Arts - 96 pages
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Directed by Howard Hawks in 1938, Bringing Up Baby is one of the great screwball comedies and a treasure from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Cary Grant plays a naive and repressed professor who becomes entangled with (and ensnared by) a willful heiress played by Katharine Hepburn. Chaos ensues as romance blossoms and not one but two leopards are set loose in verdant Connecticut. As well as being a thoroughly American fiction of the 1930s, Bringing Up Baby also has a classical comic narrative, exploring conflicts between civilization and nature, rationality and insanity or eccentricity, middle-class inhibitions and aristocratic blitheness. It is an anthology of comic types and devices, and one of the most seductively funny films ever made.

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Review: Bringing Up Baby (BFI Modern Classics / BFI Film Classics)

User Review  - Dan Humphrey - Goodreads

If you love the film, this is certainly worth a read. The author makes many thought provoking points in a breezy writing style while correcting some annoying mistakes made by other writers over the years. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Peter Swaab has edited the Penguin edition of The Two Noble Kinsmen and The Collected Poems of Sara Coleridge and was the co-editor of Thorold Dickinson: A World of Film. He is currently a Reader at Univesity College, London.

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