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December 13 - January 7

George Cukor was one of Hollywood’s most successful and versatile filmmakers: a master of the musical drama, the screwball comedy, the domestic thriller, and the literary adaptation—not to mention a legendary director of actresses, guiding the likes of Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, and Judy Garland to career-defining performances. In collaboration with the Locarno Film Festival, we present a complete overview—the first in many years in New York—of the director’s remarkable career.

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In This Series

The Actress

The Actress

George Cukor | 1953 | 35mm | 90 mins

Jean Simmons is radiant as a young woman itching to flee her sleepy New England town for a big-city acting career in this tender family comedy from an autobiographical play by Ruth Gordon.

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Adam’s Rib

Adam’s Rib

George Cukor | 1949 | 35mm | 101 mins

Introduction by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich and Locarno Film Festival artistic director Carlo Chatrian on December 14!

Feuding lawyer spouses Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy let their domestic power struggles spill over into the public sphere when they end up on opposite sides of a high-profile murder trial.

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Bhowani Junction

Bhowani Junction

George Cukor | 1956 | 35mm | 110 mins

Cukor adapts John Masters’ 1954 novel about an Anglo-Indian woman (Ava Gardner) torn between lovers and national allegiances in the midst of de-colonization.

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A Bill of Divorcement

A Bill of Divorcement

George Cukor | 1932 | 35mm | 69 mins

When the head of the Fairchild family returns for Christmas after 15 years in a psychiatric institution, his ex-wife flees but his daughter (Katharine Hepburn in her screen debut) breaks off her own engagement to be with him.

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The Blue Bird

The Blue Bird

George Cukor | 1976 | 35mm | 99 mins

Long out of circulation, Cukor’s unlikely adaptation of the celebrated 1908 Maeterlinck play was the first ever American-Soviet co-production and is headlined by a trio of Hollywood greats: Liz Taylor, Ava Gardner, and Jane Fonda.

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Born Yesterday

Born Yesterday

George Cukor | 1950 | 35mm | 103 mins

Introduction by film editor (and Judy Holliday's son) Jonathan Oppenheim at the 8:30pm screening on December 29!

An unscrupulous tycoon (Broderick Crawford) hires a journalist (William Holden) to cultivate his ditsy chorus-girl mistress (Judy Holliday in an Oscar-winning turn), but doesn’t expect the two to hit if off so well…

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Camille

Camille

George Cukor | 1936 | 35mm | 109 mins

Greta Garbo’s magisterial turn as a doomed 19th-century Parisian courtesan in Cukor’s lavish adaptation of Dumas, fils’ The Lady of the Camelias is widely considered one of the all-time great screen performances.

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The Chapman Report

The Chapman Report

George Cukor | 1962 | 16mm | 125 mins

Four suburban women (Jane Fonda, Glynis Johns, Shelley Winters, and Claire Bloom) are grilled about their sex lives in this (very) thinly disguised reflection on the then-still-contentious Kinsey Reports.

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The Corn is Green

George Cukor | 1979 | DVD | 99 mins

Free screening!

In their final collaboration, Cukor regular Katharine Hepburn stars as the willful schoolteacher Lily C. Moffat, whose efforts to set up a school in a Welsh coal-mining town are met with local opposition. Complimentary tickets will be available at the box office on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to the event. Limit one ticket per person, subject to availability.

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David Copperfield

David Copperfield

George Cukor | 1935 | 35mm | 130 mins

Cukor’s Copperfield is a rich, comic, humane panorama of 19th-century British life, featuring a remarkable turn by W.C. Fields and a screenplay by the great British novelist Sir Hugh Walpole.

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Dinner at Eight

Dinner at Eight

George Cukor | 1933 | 35mm | 111 mins

This unsparing send-up of upper-class pretentions and fascinating window into the anxieties—social and economic—of mid-Depression America teeters masterfully between stone-faced comedy and tragic farce

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A Double Life

A Double Life

George Cukor | 1947 | 35mm | 104 mins

Ronald Colman, in his only Oscar-winning performance, plays a beloved thespian whose Othello complex ultimately drives him to madness and murder.

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Edward, My Son

Edward, My Son

George Cukor | 1949 | 35mm | 112 mins

Spencer Tracy plays (with chilly malevolence) an amoral businessman and Deborah Kerr is his long-suffering wife in this essential showcase for Cukor’s gift at dramatic atmosphere.

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Gaslight

Gaslight

George Cukor | 1944 | 35mm | 114 mins

A young opera singer (Ingrid Bergman) haunted by her aunt’s murder marries a handsome pianist (Charles Boyer) and settles down in her relative’s long-abandoned London mansion, where footsteps echo in the attic, gaslights dim, and secrets come to light…

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Girls About Town

Girls About Town

George Cukor | 1931 | 35mm | 79 mins

Two girls, out to make their fortune in New York, loving and leaving wealthy businessmen, take a trip on a yacht, where they meet a Michigan millionaire and his young associate.

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Grumpy

Grumpy

George Cukor | Cyril Gardner | 1930 | 35mm | 74 mins

In his country home, an eccentric retired barrister investigates the theft of a diamond brought from South Africa by the fiancé of his granddaughter Virginia, revealing a web of intrigue and romance.

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Heller in Pink Tights

Heller in Pink Tights

George Cukor | 1960 | 100 mins

Sophia Loren plays the star of a theater troupe touring the Old West, with Anthony Quinn as her poker-faced husband and Steve Forrest as her hired-gun object of desire.

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Her Cardboard Lover

Her Cardboard Lover

George Cukor | 1942 | Digital Projection | 93 mins

The great Norma Shearer gave her last performance in this adaptation of a 1926 farce by Jacques Deval (translated by P.G. Wodehouse!) about a young woman who, in a last-ditch effort to fend off a stubborn ex, hires a man to pose as her new lover.

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Holiday

Holiday

George Cukor | 1938 | 35mm | 95 mins

Cukor’s gracious, delicate comic masterpiece follows an eager young businessman (Cary Grant) with a drive for adventure as he gets engaged to a society beauty (Doris Nolan), only to fall instead for her vivacious sister (Katharine Hepburn).

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It Should Happen to You

It Should Happen to You

George Cukor | 1954 | 35mm | 86 mins

Jack Lemmon gave his breakthrough performance alongside the great Judy Holliday in this sharp satire of modern celebrity culture that serves as a touching time capsule of a vanished New York.

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Justine

Justine

George Cukor | Joseph Strick | 1969 | 35mm | 116 mins

This intoxicating, rarely screened adaptation of Lawrence Durrell’s beloved novel features an unfamiliar scenery (an incense-heavy, pearl-encrusted Egypt) and an all-star European cast (Anouk Aimée, Anna Karina, Dirk Bogarde, and Philippe Noiret).

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Keeper of the Flame

Keeper of the Flame

George Cukor | 1942 | 35mm | 100 mins

One of Cukor’s most explicitly political films, Keeper of the Flame re-united offscreen couple Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn after their smash hit earlier the same year with George Stevens’ Woman of the Year.

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Les Girls

Les Girls

George Cukor | 1957 | 35mm | 114 mins

Hailed by Andrew Sarris as a musical Rashomon, Cukor’s glorious CinemaScope bauble stars Gene Kelly as a dance troupe impresario who gives one of three differing accounts when one of his dancers accuses another of libeling her in a tell-all memoir.

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Let’s Make Love

Let’s Make Love

George Cukor | 1960 | DCP | 119 mins

Let’s Make Love finds Marilyn Monroe at the peak of her powers: vital, eager, playful, in some moments strikingly naïve, in others profoundly aware of her influence on the men in her orbit (Yves Montand, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, and Milton Berle).

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A Life of Her Own

A Life of Her Own

George Cukor | 1950 | 35mm | 108 mins

Cukor’s 1950 melodrama about a successful model (Lana Turner) and her ill-fated affair with a married man suffered from studio interference and low enthusiasm, but went on to gather a base of critical supporters, not least among them François Truffaut.

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Little Women

Little Women

George Cukor | 1933 | 35mm | 116 mins

Katharine Hepburn and Joan Bennett star in Cukor’s adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic about a group of small-town sisters growing up in the shadow of the Civil War.

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Love Among the Ruins

Love Among the Ruins

George Cukor | 1975 | 35mm | 103 mins

Katharine Hepburn stars as a widowed actress in Edwardian London who seeks out a long-ago lover (Laurence Olivier) to serve as her lawyer in a sensitive personal case.

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The Marrying Kind

The Marrying Kind

George Cukor | 1952 | 35mm | 92 mins

In the chambers of a divorce court, a couple (Judy Holliday and Aldo Ray) re-play their creaking marriage blow-for-blow: the sun-dappled meeting in Central Park; the speedy marriage; the first home; the difficulty coping; the petty resentments; the drifting apart.

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The Model and the Marriage Broker

The Model and the Marriage Broker

George Cukor | 1951 | 35mm | 103 mins

Thelma Ritter’s marriage broker enters this lovely, minor-key comedy doing what she does best: fixing up a parade of shy and lonely souls (including Zero Mostel) and stubbornly bottling up her own heartbreak in the process.

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My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

George Cukor | 1964 | 170 mins

To George Bernard Shaw’s story of a wealthy professor (Rex Harrison) who resolves to transform a poor flower girl (Audrey Hepburn) into a society lady, Cukor brought a delicate touch, a vast reserve of empathy, and a perfect measure of devilish wit.

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Our Betters

Our Betters

George Cukor | 1933 | 35mm | 83 mins

A British lord begrudgingly marries an American heiress for her money only to have her turn into a force among high society in this biting satire on the snobbery of Britain’s upper classes in the 1930s

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Pat and Mike

Pat and Mike

George Cukor | 1952 | 35mm | 95 mins

Unfortunately, Peter Bogdanovich can no longer attend the December 14 screening. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Cukor re-united with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn for this delightfully mellow portrait of a determined athlete who escapes the clutches of her controlling boyfriend, only to get dangerously close to her gruff promoter.

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The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story

George Cukor | 1940 | 35mm | 112 mins

Of all the Hollywood classics, few have aged so little, or so well, as this comedy of remarriage centered on warring trio Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, and Cary Grant.

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Rich and Famous

Rich and Famous

George Cukor | 1981 | 35mm | 117 mins

Introduction by star Candice Bergen at the 6:30pm screening!

Cukor’s final film follows two college friends (Jacqueline Bisset and Candice Bergen) through 20 years of marriage, success, jealousy, frustration, falling outs, and reconciliations. With Meg Ryan in her first acting role.

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Rockabye

Rockabye

George Cukor | 1932 | 35mm | 73 mins

A Broadway actress with a complicated past falls in love the with playwright of her new hit play, but after discovering he has a newborn child she leaves him for her devoted manager.

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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

George Cukor | 1936 | 35mm | 125 mins

Cukor’s biggest production is an opulent, beautifully crafted re-telling of Shakespeare’s legendary romance starring Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard as the two lovers, with John Barrymore in a scene-stealing turn as Mercutio.

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The Royal Family of Broadway

The Royal Family of Broadway

George Cukor | 1930 | 35mm | 82 mins

Cukor’s first movie on the world of show business and its dazzling play of mirrors is also a parody of his friends the Barrymores, America’s first theatrical family.

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A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

George Cukor | 1954 | 35mm | 154 mins

A musical remake of the 1937 Janet Gaynor/Fredric March drama, Star was produced as Judy Garland’s return to the screen after a four year absence and won her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

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Susan and God

Susan and God

George Cukor | 1940 | 35mm | 117 mins

Cukor’s first of two collaborations with Joan Crawford was this daring tragicomic study of a society woman whose frivolous, self-satisfied tendencies take on a dangerous tint when she falls under the sway of a popular religious cult.

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Sylvia Scarlett

Sylvia Scarlett

George Cukor | 1935 | 35mm | 95 mins

A young woman (Katharine Hepburn) disguises herself as a man in order to flee France with her criminal father, only to attract the romantic attention of every boy and girl in her path.

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Tarnished Lady

Tarnished Lady

George Cukor | 1931 | 35mm | 83 mins

After marrying a wealthy suitor, a worldly-wise woman (Tallulah Bankhead) realizes her mistake and attempts to get back with the writer she believes she loved, but is thwarted by her life’s unexpected turns.

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Travels With My Aunt

Travels With My Aunt

George Cukor | 1972 | 35mm | 109 mins

Maggie Smith is a vivacious septuagenarian with a fortune-teller lover and some shady business dealings in Cukor’s quick-footed, emotionally nuanced Graham Greene adaptation.

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Two-Faced Woman

Two-Faced Woman

George Cukor | 1941 | 35mm | 90 mins

A ski instructor (Greta Garbo) falls for a bigshot magazine editor; they marry; he returns to the city on business; she follows him disguised as her flirtatious (and nonexistent) sister. Soon, the jig is up, and husband and wife wind up stuck in a spiral of mutual deception.

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The Virtuous Sin

The Virtuous Sin

George Cukor | 1930 | 35mm | 80 mins

During WWI, a wife offers herself to a general in order to save her husband from the firing squad. In her search for freedom the young woman finds true love with the general, and her husband eventually agrees to let her go her way.

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What Price Hollywood?

What Price Hollywood?

George Cukor | 1932 | 35mm | 88 mins

Cukor’s first film with David O. Selznick was a prototype for the various versions of A Star is Born, with an insider’s view of Hollywood that follows the rise to stardom of a waitress “discovered” by an ace director.

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Wednesday, November 30

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Wednesday, November 30

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Wild Is the Wind

Wild Is the Wind

George Cukor | 1957 | 16mm | 114 mins

A wealthy rancher (Anthony Quinn) loses his wife and, in a gesture of Vertigo-like perversity, tries to re-make her—in the form of her sister (Anna Magnani), whom he imports from Italy and treats as a carbon copy of his beloved.

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Winged Victory

Winged Victory

George Cukor | 1944 | 16mm | 130 mins

In 1944, Cukor returned to civilian life after a six-month stint in the Signal Corps and was quickly assigned this Army-commissioned portrait of five aspiring Air Force pilots (based on a play by Moss Hart, who would re-team with Cukor for A Star Is Born)

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A Woman’s Face

A Woman’s Face

George Cukor | 1941 | 16mm | 106 mins

This dreamlike, psychologically acute noir about a disfigured woman stuck in a life of crime, adapted from a Swedish Ingrid Bergman vehicle, features a daring and brilliant turn by Joan Crawford.

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Wednesday, November 30

12:00am

Wednesday, November 30

12:00am
The Women

The Women

George Cukor | 1939 | 35mm | 133 mins

Norma Shearer, Joan Fontaine, and Rosalind Russell lead a gaggle of New York society women who spend their days in gossip, petty rivalries, divorce ranch showdowns, and copious chatter about men, not one of whom ever appears on screen.

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Zaza

Zaza

George Cukor | 1938 | 35mm | 83 mins

Claudette Colbert gives a radiant lead performance in this drama of infidelity set in and around a meticulously designed open-air Paris cabaret near the turn of the century.

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