THE ONE ABOUT SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY

AND I DIDN’T MEAN KATHARINE HEPBURN. WELL- MAYBE I DO, EVENTUALLY

 

A few years ago I’d really been looking forward to see a movie ”soon, in a theatre near me”, as soon as I’d watched it’s trailer for the first time:

“She’s Funny That Way”. Any chance you know what I’m talking about?

If you haven’t seen it yet, you still can buy the dvd, right? Just like I did, last year.

I loved it.

It had a certain freshness, richness and vitality in it’s comedy which felt new and arousing to me… What was the secret? I wanted to know.

Of course, there were these brilliant actors. A delicious collection of masters in comedy, delightfully complementing one another.

But there was more to it, I felt.

The script… maybe?

Sure. It was good.

And the director, too. No doubt.

Peter Bogdanovich.

I surfed the internet to learn more about the movie.

“Based on screwball comedies…”?

Interesting. Never heard of those before.

I kept surfing.

Definition of a

“ Screwball comedy film” on Wikipedia:

“A subgenre of comedy film that became popular during the Great Depression, originating in the early 1930s and thriving until the early 1940s. Many secondary characteristics of this genre are similar to film noir, but it distinguishes itself for being characterized by a female that dominates the relationship with the male central character, whose masculinity is challenged. The two engage in a humorous battle of the sexes, which was a new theme for Hollywood and audiences at the time. Other elements are fast-paced repartee, farcical situations, escapist themes, and plot lines involving courtship and marriage. Screwball comedies often depict social classes in conflict.”

I forgot all about this quite quickly.

Until recently.

Enter: Miss Katharine Hepburn.

When I started learning more about her, watching every single video on Youtube, buying dvd’s, listening to interviews and music, I found out …”She’s Funny!”

Like: really funny. Making me laugh out loud-funny.

And especially in these comedies, I enjoy her acting very much.

She’s so refreshing, vibrantly alive, with her quicksilver wit and a powerful mind.

In “Bringing Up, Baby”, for example.

I can watch the outtakes on Youtube over and over again.

On YouTube, I find this video with someone commenting on one of those outtakes. I get curious and decide to watch this video as well.

I find it fascinating. How this man, by sharing his knowledge with you as a viewer, almost zooms in together with you. As if you were there, at the very moment of its creation, directing the movie together, while Katharine Hepburn was acting together with Cary Grant…! Suddenly every detail comes to life!

Afterwards I want to know who the man was behind this video:”Peter Bogdanovich”…

Why does his name seem so familiar to me…?

According to Wkipedia, he’s a director, writer… and his most recent film is

“She’s Funny That Way”…!

I remember.

One year later.

-Funny, indeed.

Happy Trails to you!

So: #screwballcomedyfilms #katharinehepburn #shesfunnythatway

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