Monday, February 11, 2008

"It Happened One Night" happens tonight!

Now playing on TCM, today at 5 p.m.

Libertas has a great regular feature highlighting upcoming films not to be missed on Turner Classic Movies. I really wish I'd thought of it first, but there's nothing to stop me from highlighting the ones they've missed, right?

Particularly in light of the recent discussion on the state of the romantic comedy over there, don't miss "It Happened One Night" TODAY (Monday) at 5 p.m. PST.

Still amazingly fresh after 70 whopping years, this is how it's done. That's 1934, folks, and it's quite an accomplishment. Only the Marx Brothers get similar high marx for a comedy shelf life on that magnitude.

In terms of screenplay structure, tone, pacing and so many other aspects, I'd venture to say no other film has been a bigger or longer-lasting influence on its genre. Not to mention the sub-genres of the buddy film, road film and buddy road film! (Also notable as the inspiration for Bugs Bunny's "What's up, Doc?" line in the scene with Clark Gable and the carrot.)

Not to be missed.

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