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The following is an essay featured in the anthology George Cukor - On/Off Hollywood (Capricci, Paris, 2013), for sale at www.capricci.fr.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center will be running a complete retrospective on the director, "The Discreet Charm of George Cukor," in New York December 13, 2013 - January 7, 2014. Many thanks to David Phelps, Fernando Ganzo, and Camille Pollas for their generous permission.
The Second-hand Illusion:
Notes on Cukor
“There’s always something about them that you don’t know that you’d like to know. Spencer Tracy had that. In fact, they do all have that – all the big ones have it. You feel very close to them but there is the ultimate thing withheld from you – and you want to find out.” —George Cukor1
“Can you tell what a woman’s like by just looking at her?” —The Chapman Report »
- David Phelps
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, New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center is presenting a complete overview--the first in many years in New York--of the director's remarkable career. To drum up anticipation for the series that launches Dec. 13 (go here for the full lineup), Indiewire will be premiering exclusive retrospective trailers over the next few days for a number of the films playing. Today's pick: "Camille," starring Greta Garbo as a doomed 19th-century Parisian courtesan. »
- Nigel M Smith
The French served up exquisite corpses, The Fall raced to a hasty conclusion, and marauding aliens inspired a fit of the giggles
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New French subtitled thriller The Returned had a novel twist – the body count went into reverse. People who had been dead for years came back to life, returning to a small Alpine town situated next to a vast dam, which seemed to serve as a bleak concrete metaphor for eternity.
Right from the opening sequence, when a pinned dead butterfly fluttered back to life, themes of oblivion and resurrection were everywhere. Camille (Yara Pilartz), who had died when her school coach skidded sickeningly into the dam, returned just as parents were discussing a memorial for her and her lost schoolmates. Camille was touchingly oblivious to how dead she was, »
- Barbara Ellen
One of the Most Amazing Silent Movies (or Movies of Any Era, Period) Ever Made Tops the List of Best of Movies Released in 1921 Rex Ingram’s The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Metro Pictures' film version of Vicente Blasco Ibáñez’s epic novel -- from a scenario by the immensely powerful writer-producer June Mathis -- catapulted Mathis’ protégé, the until then little known Rudolph Valentino (photo, left), to worldwide superstardom, as The Four Horsemen became one of the biggest box-office hits of the silent era. Ingram’s wife, the invariably excellent Alice Terry (right, dark-haired in real life; a light-haired in her many movies), played Valentino's love interest. Ninety-two years after its initial launch, the Four Horsemen remains a monumental achievement. Released by MGM, Vincente Minnelli's 1962 remake of this Metro Pictures production featured an all-star cast: Glenn Ford, Ingrid Thulin (dubbed by Angela Lansbury), Charles Boyer, Lee J. Cobb, »
- Andre Soares
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