His Girl Friday vs. The Philadelphia Story (w/ Chris Klimek)

The Canon #131 December 4, 2017

NPR film critic Chris Klimek joins Amy this week to pit two 1940 Cary Grant screwball classics against one another: “His Girl Friday” vs. “The Philadelphia Story.” They discuss the underlying cynicism of “His Girl Friday” and why it isn’t a true romance upon deeper inspection. Then they break down the themes of class and wealth in “The Philadelphia Story” as well as the way Katherine Hepburn plays with the audience perception of actress as goddess followed by an assessment of the portrayal of writers in both films. Should “His Girl Friday” or “The Philadelphia Story” enter The Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forums now!

This episode is sponsored by MUBI and Casper Mattresses (code: CANON).

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