Locarno 2013 is for George Cukor
The 2013 Retrospective, organised in collaboration with the Cinémathèque suisse, the National Film Museum (Museo Nazionale del Cinema) in Turin and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, will be dedicated this year to the American director George Cukor (1899-1983). This master of Hollywood comedy, who won an Oscar for My Fair Lady (1964), made fifty films and directed some of classical cinema’s greatest actresses, such as Greta Garbo (Camille, 1936), Judy Garland (A Star Is Born, 1954), Marilyn Monroe (Let’s Make Love, 1960), Sophia Loren (Heller in Pink Tights, 1960), Jane Fonda (The Chapman Report, 1962; The Blue Bird,1976) and Katharine Hepburn (Holiday, 1938; The Philadelphia Story, 1940; Adam’s Rib, 1949).
The Festival will show the director’s complete works and the films will be shown in the best prints available over the event’s eleven days. The screenings will be accompanied by discussions on George Cukor’s films, led by filmmakers, actors and critics invited to Locarno for the retrospective. The Festival audience will also have the opportunity attend a round-table on the filmmaker’s work, chaired by Roberto Turigliatto, the retrospective’s curator.
The 2013 Retrospective will be repeated in autumn at the Cinémathèque suisse in Lausanne and the Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Turin, as well as in December at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, and is organized in partnership with TCM Cinéma.
Carlo Chatrian, the Festival del film Locarno’s Artistic Director, comments “For some years now the Festival has undertaken a re-reading of classical American cinema, showing how much it still has to say to us today. Following the retrospectives devoted to those who left Europe for America or have taken a look at Europe from America, I felt it was an opportune moment to culminate this exploration with one of the purest examples of the consummate art and craftsmanship of Hollywood cinema. Far more than a great director of actresses, in addition to his celebrated reputation for perfectly constructed dramas, George Cukor is the filmmaker who has best conveyed the essence of that cinema which, while seeming to dwell on the surface of things, succeeds in brilliantly illuminating the depths of our being, and who, while entertaining the viewer also enhances their intelligence.”
The 66th edition of the Festival del film Locarno will take place 7 – 17 August 2013.
The 2013 Retrospective is supported by the Swiss Post.