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Seminar: What's Up, Doc?

Event Date
Thursday, June 29th

Before the film, join film critic Jake Mulligan for a deep dive into Peter Bogdanovich's beloved screwball comedy.

The tagline for What’s Up, Doc? says it’s “a screwball comedy. Remember them?” Whether you’re new to screwball or have seen all the classics already, this seminar will catch you up to speed -- right before the film’s great chase!

What's Up, Doc? joyously recaptures the bubbly style of 1930s screwball comedies -- and firmly establishes Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal as a romantic duo uniquely endearing in screen history. Dexterously written with a surefooted sense of the ridiculous by Buck Henry, David Newman and Robert Benton; directed by Peter Bogdanovich with giddy affection; and cast with awesomely hilarious players (including film-debuting Madeline Kahn), What's Up, Doc? is no idle question. Among comedy movies, it's the top!

Jake Mulligan’s latest screwball comedy seminar will explain how What’s Up, Doc functions like an epilogue for the entire subgenre. Participants will learn how the project was produced in a manner that imitated the “Golden Age of Hollywood,” and then see clips that reveal all the references and secret inside jokes spread throughout Bogdanovich's film. What’s Up, Doc? may be constructed with parts from other pictures, but this seminar will demonstrate that it’s a true original, too -- one of the first modern examples of the mash-up movie!

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