The Best of Screwball Comedies and Rom-Coms

    Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in Bringing Up BabyThursday, November 28, 2019
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm   

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    With film critic Shlomo Schwartzberg

    They say comedy is hard, but when Hollywood gets it right, there’s nothing like it. Emerging in the 1930s, screwball comedies were fast-talking romantic farces that fused silliness with sophistication, and featured fabulous ‘battles of the sexes’ scenes starring Hepburn, Tracy, Grant and Gable. In this lecture, we’ll look at the finest romantic comedies and their various permutations, and enjoy clips from such iconic films as Bringing Up Baby,Adam’s Rib, The Philadelphia Story and It Happened One Night to more recent rom-coms Tootsie and Addicted to Love. They are movies to laugh at and love. 

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    Shlomo Schwartzberg is a film critic, teacher and arts journalist based in Toronto. He teaches film at Ryerson University's LIFE Institute, the Prosserman Jewish Community Centre, and other venues in Toronto and London, Ontario. He is also a regular contributor to the noted Critics at Large website ( At the Miles Nadal JCC, Shlomo has taught many courses and lectures, including “The Golden Age of Yiddish Cinema”, “Hello Gorgeous! The Film Career of Barbra Streisand” and most recently, “Tony Curtis: Hollywood’s Jewish Heartthrob”.




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