What’s Up, Doc?
What’s Up, Doc?

What’s Up, Doc?

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Closing Night Retro

What’s Up, Doc?

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

USA, 1972, 94m, Rated G

Once upon a time there was a plaid overnight case. Well, four identical cases to be precise: one containing top secret documents, one with jewels, one with igneous rocks, and one with underwear. Owners and would be owners mistakenly swap and swipe them from one another over the course of a wild weekend in San Francisco. This simple premise kicks off one of the best screwball farces that has ever graced theaters. Our tour guides on this hilarious misadventure: Howard Bannister (a perfectly aloof Ryan O’Neal, a cinematic sibling of Cary Grant and Harold Lloyd) and his sharp-witted admirer Judy Maxwell (a verbose and ravishing Barbara Streisand). Featuring a sly screenplay co-written by Buck Henry (The Graduate), lush production design from Polly Platt (Paper Moon), and vibrant cinematography from László Kovács (Easy Rider), combined with a coterie of character actors (including the Golden Globe-nominated screen debut of Madeline Kahn) under the masterful direction of the great Peter Bogdanovich—just coming off his film debut The Last Picture Show—results in an uproarious slapstick masterpiece that will leave you giddy when you finally catch your breath. Presented in glorious 35mm for the film’s 50th anniversary, the Florida Film Festival is proud to honor the late Peter Bogdanovich with this screening of his own tribute to the icons of slapstick comedy.

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