George Cukor

American film director George Cukor

George Dewey Cukor was an American film director. He mainly concentrated on comedies and literary adaptations. His career flourished at RKO when David O. Selznick, the studio's Head of Production, assigned Cukor to direct several of RKO's major films including What Price Hollywood?, A Bill of Divorcement, "Our Betters" (1933), and Little Women (1933).
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07 July 1899

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Dear Italy, Sorry about the Snooki thing (and other stuff) - Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Google News - almost 7 years
The commercials all have topless women in them; the talk shows are surreal; the music videos appear to be directed by George Cukor on hallucinogens; the newscasters speak an Italian that is so rapid that even the Italians don't understand it
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My Fair Lady - Chicago Reader
Google News - almost 7 years
Lerner and Loewe's musical masterwork, reimagined for film by director George Cukor. Cukor doesn't try to hide the stage origins of his material; rather, he celebrates the falseness of his sets, placing his characters in a perfectly designed artificial
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The Irish Times - Friday, August 26, 2011 - Irish Times
Google News - almost 7 years
You have to go back to Hollywood masters such as George Cukor and William Wyler to uncover a film-maker who has created so many fleshy, nuanced female characters. It is, therefore, not altogether surprising that Elena Anaya blew a fuse when the great
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The Spotlight: She channels an icon in 'Vivien' - Los Angeles Times
Google News - almost 7 years
George Cukor, the film's original director, loved her. Clark Gable apparently had Cukor fired. Vivien struggled to keep Scarlett's character at the center of the movie. She was smoking four packs of cigarettes a day, probably from stress and to fit
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Anthony Lane: “Higher Ground” and “One Day.” - New Yorker
Google News - about 7 years
but “How bright would the gleam have been in George Cukor's gaze, behind his spectacles, if he had seen this woman's screen test, in 1940?” He would surely have knelt before the resplendent, if faintly forbidding, pantheon of stars now in their sixties
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The 100 Essential Directors Part 3: George Cukor - John Ford - PopMatters
Google News - about 7 years
Today we look at George Cukor through John Ford. Who falls in the middle might surprise you… Underrated: Love Among the Ruins (1975) This made-for-TV movie starred Laurence Olivier and Katherine Hepburn in their only pairing, as an aging lawyer and
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My five… - The Hindu
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My Fair Lady George Cukor Originally adapted from George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, this musical is one of Hollywood's finest. Intelligent lyrics and witty script blend perfectly in a humorous and romantic tale of a confirmed-bachelor who loves the
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Paulette Goddard Movie Schedule: AN IDEAL HUSBAND, THE WOMEN - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - about 7 years
George Cukor's film version of Clare Boothe Luce's hilarious The Women ("officially" adapted by Anita Loos and Jane Murfin) is definitely worth numerous looks; once or twice or even three times isn't/aren't enough to catch the machine-gun dialogue
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Michael Cacoyannis, Director of ‘Zorba the Greek,’ Dies at 90
NYTimes - about 7 years
Michael Cacoyannis, a Greek filmmaker whose art-house films and adaptations of Euripides for stage and screen were critically acclaimed, but who was best known as the director of the 1964 Hollywood hit “Zorba the Greek,” died on Monday in Athens. He was 90. His death was confirmed by the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation , an
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Codebreakers at Film Forum - The L Magazine
Google News - about 7 years
More sensitive is George Cukor's 1931 rarity Girls About Town, in which two high-priced escorts make their living entertaining visiting businessmen, getting them too drunk to be troublesome about trying to come up for a nightcap
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Westport Community Theatre Hosts Auditions For Moonlight & Magnolias - Broadway World
Google News - about 7 years
George Cukor has been fired as director and the umpteenth draft of a script has proven to be unworkable. While fending off the film's stars, gossip columnists, and his own father-in-law, Selznick sends for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls
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The Greatest Hollywood Director You May Never Have Heard Of - Huffington Post (blog)
Google News - about 7 years
That name may sound familiar to some of us, but today it's less recognized than (certainly) John Ford and Alfred Hitchcock, and perhaps even Howard Hawks and George Cukor. Both Wyler's quiet, unobtrusive style and our own inability to associate him
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'Grey Gardens' & 'The Vow' Helmer Michael Sucsy To Direct 'Romeo & Juliet ... - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - about 7 years
There is George Cukor's 1936 production that won four Academy Awards, Franco Zeffirelli's adaptation which earned two Academy Awards, Renato Castellani's 1954 version and Baz Luhrmann's 1996 “Romeo+Juliet” (starring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio)
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The almanac - UPI.com
Google News - about 7 years
They include composer Gustav Mahler in 1860; painter Marc Chagall in 1887; film director George Cukor in 1899; film director Vittorio De Sica in 1901; baseball pitcher Leroy "Satchel" Paige and zither player Anton Karas ("The Third Man") in 1906;
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How novelist Daphne du Maurier wrote off 'banal' film version of book - George ... - Camden New Journal newspapers website
Google News - about 7 years
In a handwritten note to George Cukor, the legendary Hollywood film-maker who wanted to turn her book My Cousin Rachel into a movie, du Maurier spelled out her concerns – albeit apologising for her tone while doing so. “I am so sorry to be harsh about
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It Should Happen to You - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - about 7 years
With the meaning of celebrity becoming ever more ambiguous, and Andy Warhol's notorious prediction coming true that eventually everybody will be famous for fifteen minutes, the touching and delightful 1954 George Cukor-Garson Kanin-Judy Holliday-Jack
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1983
    Age 84
    Cukor died of a heart attack on January 24, 1983, and was interred in an unmarked grave at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California.
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  • 1967
    Age 68
    He financed his education at the Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences and the University of Southern California, from which Towers graduated with a law degree in 1967.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1954
    Age 55
    The reviews were the best of Cukor's career, but Warner executives, concerned the running time would limit the number of daily showings, made drastic cuts without Cukor, who had departed for Pakistan to scout locations for the epic Bhowani Junction in 1954-55.
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    When the last scene finally was filmed in the early morning hours of July 28, 1954, Cukor already had departed the production and was unwinding in Europe.
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    In March 1954, a rough cut still missing several musical numbers was assembled, and Cukor had mixed feelings about it.
  • 1952
    Age 53
    In December 1952, Cukor was approached by Sid Luft, who proposed the director helm a musical remake of A Star is Born (1937) with his then-wife Judy Garland in the lead role.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1939
    Age 40
    During this era, Cukor forged an alliance with screenwriters Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, who had met in Cukor's home in 1939 and married three years later.
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  • 1936
    Age 37
    Cukor was hired to direct Gone with the Wind by Selznick in 1936, even before the book was published.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1929
    Age 30
    He arrived in Hollywood in February 1929, and his first assignment was to coach the cast of River of Romance to speak with an acceptable Southern accent.
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  • 1928
    Age 29
    When Hollywood began to recruit New York theater talent for sound films, Cukor immediately answered the call. In December 1928, Paramount Pictures signed him to a contract that reimbursed him for his airfare and initially paid him $600 per week with no screen credit during a six-month apprenticeship.
  • 1926
    Age 27
    For the next few years, Cukor alternated between Rochester in the summer months and Broadway in the winter. His direction of a 1926 stage adaptation of The Great Gatsby by Owen Davis brought him to the attention of the New York critics.
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  • 1925
    Age 26
    In 1925 he formed the C.F. and Z. Production Company with Walter Folmer and John Zwicki, which gave him his first opportunity to direct.
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  • 1920
    Age 21
    In 1920, he became the stage manager for the Knickerbocker Players, a troupe that shuttled between Syracuse and Rochester, New York, and the following year he was hired as general manager of the newly formed Lyceum Players, an upstate summer stock company.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1918
    Age 19
    He halfheartedly enrolled in the City College of New York, where he entered the Students Army Training Corps in October 1918.
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  • 1917
    Age 18
    Following his graduation in 1917, Cukor was expected to follow in his father's footsteps and pursue a career in law.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1899
    Age 0
    Born on July 7, 1899.
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