Sunday, June 27, 2010

3. Animal Crackers (1930)


I'm sick of these conventional marriages. One woman and one man was good enough for your grandmother, but who wants to marry your grandmother? Nobody, not even your grandfather.

This is probably the Marx brother's most inaccesible film because of the poor quality of the restored film, the super-fast dialogue, and the politically incorrect overtones (especially regarding African subjects, an actual line from the film: "We took some pictures of the native girls, but they weren't developed. But we're going back again in a couple of weeks!" ). Still, the movie is absolutely hilarious. Highlights include Groucho dictating a letter to Zeppo in which he begins "Gentleman.... question mark." and then gets more ridiculous from there.

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