American Masters: Season 15, Episode 3

On Cukor (22 Nov. 2000)

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Widely thought of as "a woman's director," legendary film director George Cukor is profiled in this "American Masters" 2000 documentary narrated by Jean Simmons and featuring clips from ... See full summary »

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Widely thought of as "a woman's director," legendary film director George Cukor is profiled in this "American Masters" 2000 documentary narrated by Jean Simmons and featuring clips from such beloved classics as "Dinner at Eight," "David Copperfield," "The Women," "The Philadelphia Story," "Little Women," "Camille," "Born Yesterday," "Gaslight," "Adam's Rib," "A Double Life," "A Star is Born," and his Oscar-winning "My Fair Lady." The documentary uses film clips and interviews with Cukor's friends and colleagues including director Peter Bogdanovich, critic Richard Schickel, writer Fay Kanin, and Cukor's biographer Gavin Lambert himself as well as actors Mia Farrow, Shelley Winters, Angela Lansbury, Jack Lemmon and Claire Bloom to provide a picture of the director's unique accomplishments and to trace the arc of his career. As for his private life, the discreet director remains silent, and despite the film's references to his gay poolside parties at his Hollywood home, intimate friends ... Written by alfiehitchie

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Excellent Documentary
16 March 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A wonderful tribute to the Life and Work of George Cukor. He should have received more recognition, especially from the American Film Institute. Abroad, he was recognized, but at home, he was forgotten when the major studio system collapsed and his productivity declined. He overcame hardship and triumphed in Hollywood. His film career lasted over 50 years: a testament to his longevity. A truly creative artist, devoted to his actors and devoted to the true emotionality of the scene. He will be sorely missed. A wonderful acting coach and loyal friend to the stars of yesteryear. I loved the insight provided by George himself, along with his actors. The short movie clips provide insight into his genius. Worth watching again and again, especially if you are a film student.

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