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23 Ratings

Fig Leaves

Directed by Howard Hawks
United States, 1926
Comedy, Silent


In the modern day (1920s) story, Adam, a plumber, is happily married to Eve, a wardrobe-obsessed housewife, until she accidentally meets a supercilious fashion designer.

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Fig Leaves Directed by Howard Hawks

Critics reviews

In his earliest comedy, Hawks coolly dissects the married state, dabbles in surrealism (a ticket transforms a fur coat into a saxophone), invents The Flintstones and I Love Lucy, makes room for a Technicolor boutique display, and lays the foundation for the phenomenally tangled masculine-feminine lines of Bringing Up Baby, I Was a Male War Bride and Man’s Favorite Sport?
January 01, 2010
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The prehistoric sections are enlivened by a number of Keatonesque gags and gadgets, including a cute dinosaur who nibbles at trees and an “alarm clock” elaborately geared to drop coconuts on O’Brien’s head, while the modern sequences feature art nouveau décor and an extravagant fashion show. But such trappings, which Hawks always seems to borrow or steal from elsewhere, are ultimately nonessential to a serene and measured style that concerns itself, as always, with life in a vacuum.
December 01, 1970
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