Film Series: The Will of the People: Born Yesterday
“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.” – Thomas Jefferson. Gather with the people to watch and discuss films that explore the will of the people, and how it influences our politics and culture. This sampling of great movies touches on a variety of the topics around the subject – from individualism and being a lone voice in the wilderness to the power of the masses. Films followed by guided discussion.
Directed by George Cukor. Judy Holliday, William Holden, Broderick Crawford.
“New York-born comedienne Holliday had her first real film break in 1949 as the wronged wife in the Tracy-Hepburn comedy Adam's Rib, and her solid supporting turn helped her clinch the role of Billie in Born Yesterday, a role she'd done on Broadway. With its witty screenplay and Pygmalion-like story, the result was pure gold, netting Holliday the Best Actress Oscar for 1950, and jump-starting her film career in earnest. Broderick is wonderfully crude as her pre-occupied husband, and Holden performs the unheralded job of straight man with finesse. But this smoothly paced comedy from master George Cukor is all about Judy.” – John Farr, bestmoviesbyfarr.com. 103 minutes. Not rated.
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