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On Cukor
On Cukor
Actors: George Cukor, Peter Bogdanovich, Jean Simmons, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury
Director: Robert Trachtenberg
Genres: Educational, Documentary
NR     2001     1hr 25min

George Cukor had a reputation as a "women's director," and appropriately, this 90-minute documentary opens with a montage of film clips featuring celebrated actresses. True, Cukor launched the careers of Katharine Hepburn,...  more »


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Actors: George Cukor, Peter Bogdanovich, Jean Simmons, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury
Director: Robert Trachtenberg
Creators: Robert Trachtenberg, Arnold Glassman
Genres: Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Educational, Biography
Studio: Winstar
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 03/13/2001
Original Release Date: 11/29/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 11/29/2000
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 25min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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(5 out of 5 stars)

"In a career that spanned four decades, George Cukor directed such influential and immortal films as Dinner At Eight, Camille, The Philadelphia Story, Gaslight, Adam's Rib, Born Yesterday, The Women, A Star is Born (the Garland-Mason version)  and My Fair Lady. This revealing documentary, narrated by Jean Simmons, relies on actual Cukor interviews---as well as interviews with his pals and peers, including Claire Bloom, Angela Lansbury, Jack Lennon, Shelley Winters, Mia Farrow and Peter Bogdanovich---and dozens of film clips to present a well-rounded, quite wonderful, portrait at the man who reinvented Hollywood. The DVD contains interview outtakes."
A Woman's Director
Samantha Kelley | USA | 03/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"George Cukor has an impressive body of work credited to his name. He worked on such projects as Holiday, Gone With the Wind, The Women, A Philadelphia Story, Adam's Rib, A Star is Born, and My Fair Lady. He worked with some of the most famous names in cinema history and earned a reputation as a "woman's director." However, his reach was not limited to the female sex, and his style was undeniably universal.

Because Cukor was so tied to his work, there are very little bits about his life outside of the studio in this documentary. The most notable things seem to be his penchant for dinner parties and his friendship with Katharine Hepburn. Friends and co-workers such as Angela Landsbury, Mia Farrow, and Jack Lemmon provide insight into the man and his place in cinema history.

Thankfully, there are extra features on this disk. The bonus interviews are an excellent inclusion because they reveal more about Cukor's personality. Many are obviously not suited for a documentary format, but are entertaining on their own."
One of the American Masters
Samantha Kelley | 05/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Another edition in the PBS seies, "American Masters is "On Cukor," a biography of George Cukor. There are interviews with many of the people who were directed by Cukor, and even excerpts from an interview with the man himself. A very good program."