At a recent preview screening of Noah Baumbach's new movie Mistress America, co-screenwriter and star Greta Gerwig joked that only two movies have ever passed the Bechdel Test. "Both of them are mine."
The musical National Pastime pays homage to screwball comedies and radio's heyday. Set in 1933 at WZBQ Radio in Baker City, Iowa, it boasts a wacky plot, kooky characters and a charmingly loopy narrative. The curve ball is baseball.
For those wanting a respite from today's low, "in-your-face" brand of comedy, here are a few tried-and-true classics featuring these top screen comediennes. These special ladies made us laugh -- and feel smart -- at the same time.
I continue to be nostalgic for comedy that doesn't require constant profanity or a surfeit of fart gags to succeed, that relies instead on subtle, clever scripts and witty dialogue; movies that in the end give their audiences some credit for brains and taste.
One of the finest actors and leading men from Hollywood's Golden Age, William Powell was born towards the end of this month way back in 1892. It's unlikely most people under 30 would even recognize his name, which is sad, but also easily remedied.