Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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Fig Leaves Howard Hawks
Fig Leaves (1926)
Directed by Howard Hawks
The members of the couples in Hawks’s films play at entrapping and escaping each other, whether Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell tussling for telephones or the deadpan-relaxed duo of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall cracking double-entendres. Hawks could seemingly make any kind of movie he wanted—including noir, screwball comedy, Western, and historical epic—because its pretenses would always drop to show people acting for the sake of self-amusement. This is true even of his second film, a comedy that opens on a couple during prehistoric times. Eve (Olive Borden), being a woman, wants new clothes; Adam (George O’Brien), being a man, wants to read the morning news in peace. The film then moves to present-day Manhattan to show the same game between a new Adam and Eve. Aaron Cutler (Sep 8 at Moving Image, part of its The Complete Howard Hawks)

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