Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

Posted By on Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Come and Get it Howard Hawks Frances Farmer
Come and Get It (1936)
Directed by Howard Hawks
Worth seeing for the star-making performance of the great Frances Farmer, who burned out a few years later, this starts as a Hawksian portrait of manly “pine monkeys” at work, the captain of industry who leads them (Edward Arnold) and the gutsy woman who loves him (Farmer), complete with thrilling sequences of trees careening downhill and torpedoing into the water as men stand coolly just out of reach. The second half, in which the rich and now thoroughly civilized Arnold stumbles through a midlife crisis triggered by his longing for his lost love’s daughter (also Farmer), feels like a different movie—maybe because Hawks was replaced midway through the shoot by William Wyler. Elise Nakhnikian (Oct 5 Nov 2 at Moving Image, part of its The Complete Howard Hawks)

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