Cinema: Popular Mechanics

WHAT'S UP, DOC?

Directed by PETER BOGDANOVICH Screenplay by BUCK HENRY, DAVID NEWMAN and ROBERT BENTON

Director Bogdanovich's intention here was to do a pastiche of '30s screw ball comedy, particularly of Howard Hawks' Bringing Up Baby, whose plot he lifted and whose blisteringly fast pace he attempted to emulate. He also borrowed from other sources as varied as Buster Keaton and Animator Chuck (Roadrunner) Jones. The result is a comedy made by a man who has seen a lot of movies, knows all the mechanics, and has absolutely no sense of humor. Seeing...

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