One of studio-era Hollywood’s preeminent craftsmen, George Cukor excelled at nuanced portrayals of richly realized women, bringing a keen understanding of their interrelationships and inner lives to a host of classic comedies, melodramas, and thrillers. From his early collaborations with Constance Bennett to his work with Ingrid Bergman, Rosalind Russell, Katharine Hepburn, and Jean Harlow, Cukor guided many of the era’s greatest actresses to deliver some of their most indelible performances under his ever-elegant direction. Whether it’s Joan Crawford as a twisted blackmailer in the plushly stylized noir A WOMAN’S FACE, the divine Greta Garbo as a doomed courtesan in CAMILLE, or a powerhouse ensemble of Hollywood queen bees out-quipping one another in the delightfully acerbic diva-fest THE WOMEN, Cukor’s films feature some of the most spirited, sophisticated, and memorable leading ladies of Hollywood’s golden age.
Directed by George Cukor • 1932 • United States
Starring Constance Bennett, Lowell Sherman
Often touted as the inspiration for A STAR IS BORN, this iconic showbiz drama produced by David O. Selznick was nominated for an Academy Award for best screenplay. After alcoholic director Max Carey (Lo...