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George Cukor, 1938
USA | Format: 35mm | 95 minutes
What is the good life? Cukor’s gracious, delicate comic masterpiece follows an eager young businessman (Cary Grant) with a modest fortune and a drive for adventure as he gets engaged to a society beauty (Doris Nolan), only to fall instead for her vivacious sister (Katharine Hepburn). Holiday was a timely reflection on the ways wealth could allure, stifle, destroy, and protect in 1930s America, but it’s much more besides: a celebration of imaginative play, creativity, and performance; a nuanced study of people caught at motivational and social cross-purposes; and one of the great Hollywood meditations on the nature—and cost—of happiness.