Holiday

Holiday is a late addition to the GI's Cary Grant tribute, the third of four films pairing him with Katharine Hepburn. The 1938 comedy flips the dynamic of Bringing Up Baby, with Grant the hearty free-thinker and Hepburn the inhibited society girl brought to life by Grant, her sister's fiancé. It's based on a play by Philip Barry, and it shows: The theme of independence versus conformity and respectability is practically stated like a classroom lecture. Still, the dialogue is delicious, and George Cukor's light, generous direction keeps Holiday focused on the people rather than the moral. A sense of play erupts amid stodgy society gatherings, with Grant goofing like a big kid and inspiring Hepburn to follow suit. So often cast as the fussy, befuddled aristocrat with more money than sense, Edward Everett Horton is wonderful in support as a high-society intellectual with a philosophical streak and a playful manner. There's plenty of jawboning over the issues, but when Horton uses a puppet to get his point across, he's irresistible. This is a new 35mm print of one of Grant's most underrated classics. (NR) SEAN AXMAKER

Fri., May 18, 7 & 9 p.m.; Sat., May 19, 5, 7 & 9 p.m.; Sun., May 20, 9 p.m.; May 21-23, 7 & 9 p.m.; Thu., May 24, 7-9 p.m., 2012

 
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