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Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Philadelphia Story by George Cukor, 1940 (NR)

with Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn (The Sea of Grass, Desk Set, Adam's Rib, Pat and Mike, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, State of The Union, Without Love, Woman of the Year, Keeper of the Flame, The African Queen), James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, John Howard, Roland Young, John Halliday, Mary Nash, Virginia Weidler, Henry Daniell
By the director of Pat and Mike (1952), Adam's Rib (1949) and Keeper of the Flame (1942)

Socialite Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) prepares to remarry, but her ex (Cary Grant) and a tabloid reporter (Best Supporting Actor Oscar-winner James Stewart) have other ideas as they converge on her home for a fateful visit. The three stars form an incomparable trio in one of the most tantalizing screwball romances ever. And under the direction of George Cukor, this once-urbane Broadway comedy springs to life with precision and wit.

I am wondering how many people watched this movie and questioned the decision Tracy makes in the end. I think it is wrong. First because I really didn't like Cary Grant, I didn't find him either nice or having any sort of chemistry with Tracy. I did it, I just spoiled the movie. Anyway, might as well go on... James Stewart-Macaulay is really a modern man, with ideas of his own, a great vision, artistry, and eventually what is missing with Cary Grant, chemistry. He has charm but Tracy also sees what she is missing with the other men of her life, some humanity, not only the respect and distance you give to a god. Anyway, Katharine is really good, if I understood well, she played Tracy over a hundred times before in theaters, therefor it makes total sense. The story is a little bit simple and old-fashioned, but that is fine. A fine movie, which pissed me off in the end...

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