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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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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