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What Price Hollywood?Gender and Sex in the Films of George Cukor$
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Elyce Rae Helford

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813179292

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813179292.001.0001

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Collaboration and Chastisement

Collaboration and Chastisement

Cukor Directs Hepburn

(p.34) 2 Collaboration and Chastisement
What Price Hollywood?

Elyce Rae Helford

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter shifts from content analysis to study of production context in an exploration of methods and impacts of collaboration between George Cukor and Katharine Hepburn. The ten films the duo made together span much of Cukor’s career, but the chapter centers on study of three key pictures: The Philadelphia Story (1940), Adam’s Rib (1949), and Love in the Ruins (1975). Examined together, this trio of films illustrates the professional bond between director and actor, focusing in particular on how the Cukor/Hepburn alliance utilized a feminist understanding of audience reception, where gendered chastisement of the characters Hepburn plays allows for celebration of her iconoclastic stature as a female Hollywood star.

Keywords:   Katharine Hepburn, collaboration, feminism, Hollywood

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