The Hollywood master George Cukor
The Retrospective of the 66th Festival del film Locarno, supported by the Swiss Post and presented in collaboration with the Cinémathèque suisse, Turin’s National Cinema Museum, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, is dedicated to the Hollywood master George Cukor (1899–1983). The 2013 Retrospective is curated by Roberto Turigliatto.
The Festival will be presenting the director’s entire body of work, some fifty titles that will be screened in the best prints available during the eleven days of the event. The screenings will be accompanied by discussions on George Cukor’s films, led by filmmakers, actors and critics invited to Locarno.
Three additional films, screening in the Histoire(s) du cinéma section, will complete the Cukor focus. In Cinéastes de notre temps: Conversation avec George Cukor by André S. Labarthe and Hubert Knapp (1969) Cukor is interviewed in his own villa, and focuses on the making of Camille and The Philadelphia Story. Patty Ivins Specht’s Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (2001) concentrates on the final months of Marilyn Monroe’s life, when she was shooting Cukor’s Something’s Got To Give. The documentary contains some extracts that give an idea of that film, postponed then finally cancelled due to the death of the actress. The Festival will also present the international preview of Victor Fleming’s The Wizard of Oz (1939) in a remastered 3D version, a film on which Cukor did some early work, although Victor Fleming then took over. The Wizard of Oz has been restored for its 75th anniversary by Warner Bros.
Among the guests of the Retrospettiva George Cukor taking part at the Festival will be the british actress Jacqueline Bisset, introducing the Piazza Grande screening of Rich and Famous, the final film in the director’s long career. Anna Karina will also be a guest of the Festival, and will introduce Cukor’s Justine.
Alongside the program of screenings, the Festival audience will also have the opportunity to attend a round-table on George Cukor’s work, chaired by Roberto Turigliatto and with, among others, Miguel Marías, Jean Douchet, Chris Fujiwara and Bernard Eisenschitz. This event will be held on Sunday 11 August at 10:00 in the Spazio Cinema (Forum).
For the occasion, and in collaboration with the Locarno Festival, Capricci will publish George Cukor On/Off Hollywood. This volume, in English and French, contains analyses of the films and biographical material, and is edited by film critic Fernando Ganzo.
The 2013 Retrospective is organized in collaboration with the Cinémathèque suisse and Turin’s National Cinema Museum, where it will be repeated in autumn. The Festival is also, for the first time, embarking on collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, where the program will be presented in December. The Retrospective is also organized in partnership with TCM Cinéma. The 2013 Retrospective is supported by the Swiss Post.
GRUMPY – United States – 1930
THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY – United States – 1930
THE VIRTUOUS SIN – United States – 1930
GIRLS ABOUT TOWN – United States – 1931
TARNISHED LADY – United States – 1931
A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT – United States – 1932
ROCKABYE – United States – 1932
WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD? – United States – 1932
DINNER AT EIGHT – United States – 1933
LITTLE WOMEN – United States – 1933
OUR BETTERS – United States – 1933
DAVID COPPERFIELD – United States – 1935
SYLVIA SCARLETT – United States – 1935
CAMILLE – United States – 1936
ROMEO AND JULIET – United States – 1936
HOLIDAY – United States – 1938
THE WOMEN – United States – 1939
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY – United States – 1940
A WOMAN'S FACE – United States – 1941
TWO-FACED WOMAN – United States – 1941
HER CARDBOARD LOVER – United States – 1942
KEEPER OF THE FLAME – United States – 1942
SUSAN AND GOD – United States – 1942
GASLIGHT – United States – 1944
WINGED VICTORY – United States – 1944
A DOUBLE LIFE – United States – 1947
EDWARD, MY SON – United States – 1948
ADAM'S RIB – United States – 1949
A LIFE OF HER OWN – United States – 1950
BORN YESTERDAY – United States – 1950
THE MODEL AND THE MARRIAGE BROKER – United States – 1951
PAT AND MIKE – United States – 1952
THE MARRYING KIND – United States – 1952
THE ACTRESS – United States – 1953
A STAR IS BORN – United States – 1954
IT SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOU – United States – 1954
BHOWANI JUNCTION – United States – 1956
LES GIRLS – United States – 1957
WILD IS THE WIND – United States – 1957
HELLER IN PINK TIGHTS – United States – 1960
LET'S MAKE LOVE – United States – 1960
THE CHAPMAN REPORT – United States – 1962
MY FAIR LADY – United States – 1964
JUSTINE – United States – 1969
TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT – United States – 1972
LOVE AMONG THE RUINS – United Kingdom – 1975
THE BLUE BIRD – United States – 1976
THE CORN IS GREEN – United States – 1979
RICH AND FAMOUS – United States – 1981
Locarno’s retrospectives have often broken new ground, from major historical monographs (Yasujiro Ozu, Boris Barnet, Mario Camerini, Sacha Guitry, Frank Tashlin, Allan Dwan, Orson Welles, etc.) to thematic programmes (such as Another History of Soviet Cinema 1926-1968 or Asia in Hollywood) and extensive tributes to contemporary directors (Youssef Chahine, Abbas Kiarostami, Marco Bellocchio, Aki Kaurismäki, etc.) as well as complete retrospectives of filmmakers who have left their mark on film history, such as Ernst Lubitsch (2010), Vincente Minnelli (2011) and Otto Preminger last year.