I Was a Male War Bride

  • Dir: Howard Hawks

  • UK, 1949, 105 minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall

A deconstruction – and a reinvention – of Cary Grant’s screen persona? Confined in a sidecar, chair and bathtub, he is the virile, bemused French captain who hates, loves and marries the self-assured American lieutenant, and faces his final humiliation to become a war bride in order to follow his spouse back to the USA. In quirky, farcical humor through wordplay and near-absurd circumstances, Hollywood master Howard Hawks’ masterly control of camera and composition, with an air of spontaneity in Grant and Sheridan’s performance that recalls His Girl Friday (1940), turns the screwball comedy genre upside down with gender role reversal in a mixture of innuendos against confinements, nightmarish bureaucracy – and the studio censorship regime.

8/12 (SUN): Film talk with Kiki Fung


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