The introduction argues the value of greater attention to the films of Hollywood director George Cukor than has been published to date. A brief Cukor history for the uninitiated leads into the chosen focus of the volume, based on the label of “woman’s director” that he was given during his prolific studio years in the early days of sound film. Exploring this combination of praise (for his work with strong, independent actresses) and derogation (for his homosexuality) leads into an overview of the book project, from its focus on gender and sexuality to its use of diverse feminist and queer studies approaches. The chapter concludes with an overview of each chapter.
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