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Sunday, November 20

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USA, 1972
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
Starring Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’Neal, Austin Pendleton
35mm. Approx. 94 min.

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“Peter Bogdanovich’s 1972 screwball comedy stars Ryan O’Neal as Howard Bannister, an absent-minded musicologist who travels to San Francisco with his hyper-organized fiancée, Eunice Burns (Madeline Kahn). At their hotel, Howard meets Judy Maxwell (Barbra Streisand), a flyaway force of nature, albeit a very well-educated one, who falls in love with him at first sight and plugs herself instantly into his life, endangering his engagement as well as his career. Bogdanovich pays tribute to Howard Hawks’s BRINGING UP BABY and to the freewheeling catastrophe comedy of silent films, with their elaborate and terrifying stunts—most of which here are set in motion here by Judy. She’s accident-prone—for others—but comes off unscathed, leaving destruction in her wake; she’s the calm eye of her own storm, and her typhonic character gives rise to a series of grand-scale calamities that destabilize Howard’s formerly tranquil existence and rearrange matters of work and love. In Bogdanovich’s analytical twist on the genre, even joyous liberation leaves a huge mess.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker


“The movie works. It is food at last for we who hunger for a screwball comedy utterly lacking in redeeming social importance.”
– Roger Ebert

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