George Cukor’s Women

George Cukor’s Women

12 Episodes

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.

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George Cukor’s Women
  • George Cukor’s Women Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Cukor on Cukor

    Episode 2

    The following audio interview with director George Cukor was conducted by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich in 1969. It is illustrated with a selection of clips from Cukor’s films.

  • What Price Hollywood?

    Episode 3

    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...

  • Dinner at Eight

    Episode 4

    Directed by George Cukor • 1933 • United States
    Starring Marie Dressler, Lionel Barrymore, Wallace Beery, John Barrymore

    A sparkling ensemble cast—led by Jean Harlow, Lionel and John Barrymore, Marie Dressler, and Wallace Beery—lights up this quippy pre-Code tale of drawing room intrigue base...

  • Little Women

    Episode 5

    Directed by George Cukor • 1933 • United States
    Starring Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas

    As four sisters grow from girls to young adults in New England during the hard years of the Civil War, the difficulties, tragedies and joys they experience tear at—but cannot break—their deep ...

  • Our Betters

    Episode 6

    Directed by George Cukor • 1933 • United States
    Starring Constance Bennett, Alan Mowbray, Anita Louise

    When American heiress Pearl Saunders (Constance Bennett) marries Sir George Grayson (Alan Mowbray), everyone thinks it is a brilliant match: Sir George is delighted with Pearl’s money, and P...

  • Sylvia Scarlett

    Episode 7

    Directed by George Cukor • 1935 • United States
    Starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Edmund Gwenn

    When Sylvia Scarlett (Katharine Hepburn) and her father (Edmund Gwenn) flee France one step ahead of the authorities, she cuts her hair, dons men’s clothes, and passes herself as Sylvester Sca...

  • Camille
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    Episode 8

    Camille

    Episode 8

    Directed by George Cukor • 1936 • United States
    Starring Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore

    The inimitable Greta Garbo is at her glamorously doomed best in this luxurious adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’s venerable nineteenth-century classic “La dame aux camélias.” Directed by George ...

  • The Women

    Episode 9

    Directed by George Cukor • 1939 • United States
    Starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell

    The memorable bon mots and caustic one-liners fly fast and furious in this delightfully acidic tale of gossiping, backstabbing, and romantic rivalry amongst a coterie of high-society women....

  • Two-Faced Woman

    Episode 10

    Directed by George Cukor • 1941 • United States
    Starring Greta Garbo, Constance Bennett, Melvyn Douglas

    In her final film role, Greta Garbo plays Karin Borg, a ski instructor who has just married her latest student, wealthy American playboy Larry Blake (Melvyn Douglas). Upon returning to New ...

  • A Woman's Face

    Episode 11

    Directed by George Cukor • 1941 • United States
    Starring Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Conrad Veidt

    This expressionistically stylized melodrama features one of Joan Crawford’s finest performances, as a criminal whose facial disfigurement has rendered her a deeply bitter social outcast. When...

  • Gaslight
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    Episode 12

    Gaslight

    Episode 12

    Directed by George Cukor • 1944 • United States
    Starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten

    Ingrid Bergman won her first of three Academy Awards for her portrayal of an opera singer being driven systematically insane by her seemingly caring husband (Charles Boyer) in this spellbindi...