Arsenic and Old Lace Review

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ShaViah Honor

The everlasting effects of Frank Capra’s film Arsenic and Old Lace With the beginning of the 20th century, innovation revolutionized theatre. Frank Capra took full advantage of this period and created a classic comedic film. Cary Grant’s role as Mortimer served as the most hilarious character in the film. Every character contributed greatly to the high rating of this film with its unoriginally original use of repetition and traditional slapstick. In addition, new stagecraft methods and aspiring creativity prove that Arsenic and Old Lace functions as an example of American Theatre History. This movie is very entertaining. It captured the eyes of younger generations, even though it was made in black and white. During the most prosperous times of American Theatre, Frank Capra was able to create a witty, insane, yet comical film that is ultimately a classic. To begin, Cary Grant is one of the most loved characters of the film. His flabbergasted reactions to the insanity in the house was hilarious. His reactions were overly dramatic yet very much needed. The events that took place were extremely over the top ridiculous and unbelievable but, with Mortimer’s over exaggerations and lack of understanding towards the madness occurring around him, it really helped the audience loosen up more and laugh at him. What was particularly interesting about Mortimer was Cary’s one-of-a-kind facial expressions, quick movements, and dramatic reactions. His role served as one of the more appreciated ones and will contribute to the growth of comedic films. Gradually, every character contributed greatly to the high rating of this film with its unoriginally original use of repetition and traditional slapstick. Mortimer and his bride are ready for their honeymoon but, face farce dilemmas. He realizes how whacky his family is during his time in his sister’s home. There he realizes that his sisters were murdering men and...
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