‘New Moon’, in the Capuchin Film Series of the San Francisco Theater

‘New Moon’, this Tuesday in the Capuchin Film Series of the San Francisco Theater.

| 03/15/2021 – 11:06 a.m.

Howard Hawks’s ‘New Moon’ will be screened this Tuesday, March 16, at the Capuchin Film Series at the San Francisco de León Theater, at 8 pm. Tickets to see the classic in black and white and original version starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell will be on sale from an hour before at the theater box office, for a price of 4 euros.

Original title: His Girl Friday

Year: 1940

Duration: 92 min

Country: USA

Direction: Howard Hawks

Script: Charles Lederer

(Remake: Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur)

Song: Morris Stoloff

Photography: Joseph Walker (B&W)

Distribution: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart, Porter Hall, Ernest Truex, Cliff Edwards, Clarence Kolb, Roscoe Karns, Frank Jenks, Regis Toomey, Abner Biberman, Frank Orth, John Qualen, Helen Mack, Alma Kruger, Billy Gilbert, Pat West, Edwin Maxwell

The film, directed in 1940 by Howard Hawks, is the second of the film adaptations of the original work by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. The first adaptation was ‘A great report’ by Lewis Milestone (1931); the third was ‘Front Page’ by Billy Wilder (1974), and the last is the expendable ‘Interferences’ by Ted Kotcheft (1988), where he transfers the action to television.

Filmed in a country that experiences two wars in a short period of time and the biggest economic crisis in memory. Between the 30s and 40s, what will be known as “screwball comedies” was born in the United States, a term that is difficult to translate, which would come to mean “crazy” or “crazy” comedy, whose origin would be located in the movie ‘It happened one night ‘(1934) by Frank Capra.

To this type of comedies corresponds ‘New Moon’, to whose director we also owe other masterpieces of this genre such as ‘The beast of my girl’ (1938) or ‘The comedy of life’ (1934). The great novelty of this film with respect to the other versions is that the character of Hildy Johnson; be in this case a woman incarnated by Rosalind Russell giving a perfect replica to Walter Burns played by Cary Grant. This means that, to the original plot, I add a very recurring theme in Hawks films: the struggle of the sexes.

With this, the general tone of the film shows such fast and dizzying dialogues as they are ingenious and funny between the two protagonists, becoming one of the best comic couples and with more chemistry. Disguised as a comedy, the film contains an unsubtle critique of journalism and politicians. An elegant comedy and in its own sophisticated way, but also deeply acidic.