“Very little respect for the press around here”: Journalism in His Girl Friday (1940)

There’s a brilliant bit of dialogue in the middle of Howard Hawks’ 1940 screwball masterpiece¬†His Girl Friday that succinctly sums up the film’s derisive views on the profession of journalism. [At this point, I should probably go ahead and warn you that this post will be chock-full of spoilers.] A group of reporters have gathered…

Baby’s recollections.

The upcoming March 2011 issue of Vanity Fair has an excellent interview with the grande dame of old Hollywood, Lauren Bacall. At the age of 86, Bacall remains a sharp, intuitive, and fiercely independent figure whose legendary profile still leaps out of a photograph. In the interview, Bacall reminisces about her relationship with first husband…