The Chapman Report

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Fri, Dec 13

4:00pm

Fri, Dec 13

9:10pm

The Chapman Report
George Cukor, 1962
USA | Format: 16mm | 125 minutes

For this (very) thinly disguised reflection on the then-still-contentious Kinsey Reports, Cukor cast four brilliant actresses (Jane Fonda, Glynis Johns, Shelley Winters, and Claire Bloom) as a handful of suburban women whose sex lives run the gamut from icy abstemiousness to self-destructive promiscuity. They’re being grilled by Kinsey-like researcher and his assistant (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.), with squirm-inducing results. The Chapman Report was arguably the closest Cukor ever got to directly engaging with his own sexual identity on screen. Autobiographical echoes aside, it now stands as a fascinating time capsule of a peculiar moment in sexual history: the nervous, repressed years just before the revolution.

Series: The Discreet Charm of George Cukor

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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