from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Cukor, George 1899-1983. American filmmaker whose works include Little Women (1933), The Philadelphia Story (1940), and My Fair Lady (1964), for which he won an Academy Award.


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  • The 1944 film verson, directed by George Cukor, is still painful to watch, largely because of the raw masochism in Ingrid Bergman’s Oscar-winning performance (a warm-up for her even greater portrayal in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Notorious”).

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  • I don't hink it's quite correct to call Cukor "closeted" exactly as no one was really "out" in those days as we know it today.

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  • If Hollywood were France and we didn't have irony, Mr. Ozon might have been George Cukor, a film artist for whom women provide the palette and the canvas, the subject and the subtext: It's his actress, rather than his title character, who is really the subject of his film.

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  • His influence can be detected in the works of Fassbinder, Guy Maddin and Aki Kaurismäki, some of whose films play alongside Tulio's here, plus Cukor's The Women.

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  • A former silent screen idol, Tulio fashioned an unabashedly melodramatic style behind the camera his heroes were Cukor, Lubitsch and Von Sternberg, oblivious to his own lack of budget or professionalism.

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  • With his razor blade, yet uniquely delicate voice, masculine, yet boyish appeal he looked like he literally walked off a football field, which is why Cukor made him take ballet before The Marrying Kind Ray always exuded a different kind of mystery than say, Mitchum or Ryan or Widmark -- men, with Widmark on exception, who rarely appeared "normal."

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  • As with husbands, Loy never found a director who could develop her "luminous eccentricity" to quote the critic Elizabeth Kendall the way George Cukor did for Hepburn, Frank Capra did for Jean Arthur, or Preston Sturges did for Barbara Stanwyck.

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  • Homosexual directors have had more luck, with such notable openly gay directors as Rob Marshall, Gus Van Sant, and Pedro Almodovar gaining nominations, while John Schlesinger and George Cukor even won the award.

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  • As in his summing-up of Michael Winner, directing him in The Wicked Lady, as 'a mad nut … a restless maniac mixture of George Cukor, Harpo Marx and Lionel Bart'.

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  • Last year alone saw an abysmal remake of the George Cukor classic “The Women” as well as the number five movie on this list.

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