The Discreet Charm of George Cukor
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
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.Read more »
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…Read more »
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.Read more »
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…Read more »
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.Read more »
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).Read more »
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.Read more »
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).Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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Wednesday, November 3012:00am
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)Read more »
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.Read more »