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Woman of the Year (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | February 1942 (USA)
Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle.

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Tess and Sam work on the same newspaper and don't like each other very much. At least the first time, because they eventually fall in love and get married. But Tess is a very active woman and one of the most famous feminists in the country; she is even elected as "the woman of the year." Being busy all the time, she forgets how to really be a woman and Sam begins to feel neglected. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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La mujer del año  »

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One major difference between the stars was that Katharine Hepburn loved to rehearse while Spencer Tracy preferred to work more spontaneously and often gave his best performance on the first take. Hepburn had to adjust to his approach to hold her own. See more »

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When Tess gets out of the car as she arrives at her parents' house, she shuts a car door and you can see the reflection of man's legs standing and watching, even though there's no one else in the scene. See more »

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Tess Harding: Sam, why can't we sit down like adults and patch this thing up?
Sam Craig: I'm afraid that might become a habit. Then we'd wind up with a patchwork quilt for a marriage.
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Featured in Katharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993) See more »

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Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
In the score near the end
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Wow
14 May 2005 | by (the lower depths) – See all my reviews

Right off I have to say that this is at once the funniest, most romantic, most intelligent & most realistic depiction of a romantic relationship I have ever seen.(For perspective, I'm a 60 year-old multi-lingual film buff).

Whatever kind of film George Stevens tried, he did it to perfection. Witness Gunga Din, Swingtime & A Place in the Sun to mention just a few. It was like watching something by Hawks, Lubitch & Sturges all rolled into one.

Hepburn never appeared softer, more vulnerable, less mannered than in Woman of the Year. I fall in love with her all over again every time I watch it, which is surprisingly often, especially in the scene where she carries on about Oswald Spengler while plastered under the table.

Then there's Tracy, the most honest actor who ever lived. But not just that: there was his ability to delve seemingly without effort into an infinite bag of gestures & expressions & tones & just plain old-fashioned but highly manifest wisdom & come up with the most richly nuanced guy ever depicted on-screen. Tracy was a giant, a genius, the Rembrandt of film.

A delightful, dazzlingly perfect grown-up movie.


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