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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Woman of the Year by George Stevens, 1942 (NR)

with Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Fay Bainter, Reginald Owen, Minor Watson, William Bendix, Gladys Blake, Roscoe Karns, William Tannen, Ludwig Stossel, Edith Evanson

In this Oscar-winning romance, newspaper colleagues Sam Craig (Spencer Tracy) and Tess Harding (Katharine Hepburn) -- he a brash sportswriter, she a headstrong political columnist -- trade barbs in print, then meet, fall in love and walk down the aisle. But balancing work and marriage turns out to be a problem for the cosmopolitan Tess, whose prosaic hubby strives to foster her ambition while keeping the relationship afloat.

It is an interesting comedy. The departing point is basically two journalists, she is definitely more "important" than him. But it is not, despite the stereotypes, so much about who is going to be the woman of the couple, but about growing together to become a couple, learning to understand the other. Of course, the contrast between the one who has seen the world, but probably never really touched the people, and the typical American who never went outside of his country but in a way understand so much better the human being is another interesting layer. To some extend, the movie made a point in allowing a woman to be herself without complying to a societal model that urges her to quit her job and have kids the moment she gets married, but still, she appears as the evil one when it comes to parenthood and professional priorities. The movie turned out ok, funny, and eventually not memorable.

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