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You Can't Take it With You (1938)

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Link to some discussion in Top 25 voting (2019) on "Growing Older": 

 

So here's my review of this film. https://1morefilmblog.com/2019/06/07/you-cant-take-it-with-you-1938/

I'm still ambivalent about the Donald and Reba thing, but I will confess to actually being more put off by the treatment of Mrs. Kirby. (I hate when films soften bad guys by making their wives the real culprits. I don't mind when women are villains, just when their villainy is an excuse for the actions of their husbands.)

Anyhow, I meant to mention that Peter Saccio has a really good lecture on 12th Night in his audio lectures on Shakespeare ("Tragedies, Comedies, and Histories") He deals with the treatment of Malvolio and tries to situate it both historically and within the genre of comedy. I don't want to just say that the time and place is an excuse for the treatment of Donald, but I also note that there are some images of black and white together (in the prison cell) that help to contextualize the family treatment of Donald and Reba. 

 

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