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Cary Grant: Leader of the 99%!

May 20th, 2012 § Leave a Comment

A month or more or two or less ago, we here at Seattle’s greatest theatre brought you a brand-spanking-new print of the greatest screwball comedies of all time, starring two of the all time greatiest greats, Grant (not Ulysses S.) and Hepburn (yes Katherine). That film was “Bringing Up Baby,” and we promised you one more film to complete our mini-Grant fest. Well, after a short reprieve, we offer a reprieve from SIFF overload with another brand new Cary and Katherine print of “Holiday,” another great comedy of the same year (1938!).

Which sister is the right romantic choice? (hint: which sister is given top billing?)

Now, why does this film resonate for me (apart from my unwavering love for the two?), especially nearly 80 years on? It’s because the film espouses the ethos for our main character that money is not all there is, and that though you may love someone for the right reasons initially that familial pressures may and will push you toward the most monetarily beneficial of careers. A battle of the classes ensues in this film, and not so much that one is particularly right or wrong (though the pursuit of money is thought of as the only “American” mindset by the daughter’s father), but that happiness is independent and ultimately up to the individual as to the best way to live your life. The expectations of the father and the unspoken expectations of the daughter will of course lead our romantic hero to decide his best due course. This film, shot near the end of the Great Depression but not at all inclined to Hollywood’s proclivity to further the ideal life of leisure and luxury, feels altogether timeless and poignant in today’s Not-So-Great Depression. Bravo.

—barely-scraping-by-and-loving-every-second, dan

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