The Philadelphia Story

(George Cukor, 1940). This acclaimed adaptation of Philip Barry's play sports a witty if conventional script and a fine cast headed by Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. It has nearly all the ingredients for a first-rate romantic comedy. It's a bit too much of a talkfest, but Cukor makes it work, in a triumph of directorial pacing.
Fri., Aug. 14, 2, 4:30, 6:50 & 9:15 p.m., 2009

 
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