Leopards in Connecticut: New Season Kicks Off with 35mm Screening of Howard Hawks’s Bringing Up Baby

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2

01 Bringing Up Baby 600
Tuesday, May 31 @ 7:30 PM
Directed by Howard Hawks • 1938
“My dear sir, it will never be clear as long as she’s explaining it.” With a plot involving a stressed-out paleontologist, a nutty heiress, a missing dinosaur bone, some befuddled cops, a couple instances of grand theft auto, and a slightly paunchy leopard, things may never be clear no matter who’s explaining it, but it quite possibly doesn’t matter. A frenetic and sexy (the censors were out to lunch for this one) ping pong game played with words, wit, and a hefty dose of lunacy, everything in this film seems to be in place for stars Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn to ricochet off of into each other’s arms and back out again. The screwball comedy for even those who grimace at the very term. A disappointment at the box office upon its initial release it’s now widely considered one of the funniest films ever made, going on to define a genre and inspire two film homages, Peter Bogdanovich’s What’s Up, Doc? and the Madonna star vehicle Who’s That Girl? Cinematography by longtime Douglas Sirk collaborator Russell Metty. (RL)
102 min • RKO Radio Pictures • 35mm from Criterion Pictures, USA

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