07. Masterpieces of the Hollywood Studio: His Girl Friday

HIS GIRL FRIDAY AND THE STUDIO YEARS - COMEDY AND GENRES - HOWARD HAWKS, HIS GIRL FRIDAY AND THE SCREWBALL COMEDY - DIALOGUE IN HIS GIRL FIDAY - THE NEWS ROOM AND HIS GIRL FRIDAY - ACTING AND PERFORMANCE IN HIS GIRL FRIDAY

His Girl Friday is a beautifully crafted screwball comedy, a popular genre of the 1930s and 1940s that has all but disappeared today. The film is archetypical of its director Howard Hawks, one of the few directors of the Studio Era who whose success allowed him a margin of creative control. This guide explores the pacing, dialogue, setting, and performances of the film in depth, as well as covering a more general look at the differences between film and theatre acting.

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