Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sight & Sound Challenge: His Girl Friday (1940)

Film: His Girl Friday (35/250) 
Critics Poll: 171st 
Directors Poll: 546th 
First Time/Rewatch: Rewatch 

This film is the epitome of that 1940s "fast talking dame" style that is so often parodied. The dialogue crackles and sparkles with wit, the timing is perfect, and the chemistry between Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant, while not necessarily romantic, cannot be denied. The two complement each other so well. And I love films (especially older films) that feature a female character more than holding her own with the guys. She's valued, she has gumption, and while she initially decides to give up her career to be a wife, she can't deny the thrill she feels from being damn good at her job. Can I sing the praises of Rosalind Russell for a minute? From Auntie Mame (my all-time favorite) to The Women, to His Girl Friday to The Trouble With Angels, she's just a joy to watch and a seriously underrated actor. This film showcases her unique charm and ability to articulate lines at lightning speed! I just love her, and this film, so much. 

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