His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday

Sun, 04/14/2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

As a proud sponsor of the High Fall Film Festival, WXXI is pleased to present this classic. 

Howard Hawks' speedy and hysterically funny, modern-style screwball comedy, His Girl Friday airs Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD. Produced in 1940, the film marked the beginning of a number of screwball comedies of that era that emphasized the conflict for women in deciding between love/marriage and professional careers.

Cary Grant's performance as the suave, calculating and exploitative managing editor, who attempts to lure and maneuver his ex-wife (and star reporter) back with the opportunity to write a breaking, front page news-story, is a tour de force of comedy - combining cartoonish faces, silent-film pantomime, slapstick, witty word-play, and irony into one remarkable characterization. Likewise, Rosalind Russell's role as the ace news-reporter to her ex-husband and ex-managing editor, who is wooed back from marrying a staid, dull, but devoted insurance salesman named Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy), is her greatest comedic portrayal, following her similar role in The Women (1939).

About High Falls Film Festival:
Created in 2001, the High Falls Film Festival was one of only 40 film festivals worldwide that celebrated the work of women filmmakers.  Programming was led by Artistic Director, Catherine Wyler, and Co-Programmer Ruth Cowing. In 2010 and 2011, the festival expanded its focus and was known as 360 | 365, but we have now returned to our original name, the High Falls Film Festival. Our expanded mission includes the contributions of women filmmakers and goes well beyond that theme to embrace a wider array of films representing a diverse filmmaking community.  We invite all filmmakers and all audiences to share in the celebration of new and cutting edge motion picture art.

This film will also screen at the Kate Gleason Auditorium on April 14th from 1-4pm in the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. Free and open to the public, the High Falls Film Festival Team will host a post film panel discussion.