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A Pictorial History of the Movies: 1934 – It Happened One Night

Every film student will have this come up in one of their intro classes. It’s impossible for it to not. This film pretty much represents the epitome of the “escapist” film, as America was knee-deep in the Depression.

This film also, to me, always represented the first time Hollywood got it right. That is – before this, you have the transition to sound, and you have pre-Code, and Hollywood still hasn’t put together that perfect formula where you tell a sound film with a story that works all the way through, and tells a story that doesn’t go overboard with the stuff that people think is too obscene or whatever.

This film was really the first one (to me) you can point to that’s like, “Yes, this is the total package, and this represents the idea of what classical Hollywood storytelling is.”

The film is your typical screwball comedy. Characters meet, dislike each other, end up stuck together through various wacky scenarios, and despite their best efforts, end up falling in love. And it’s hilarious. (more…)