Double Life: Director George Cukor

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
McGilligan ( Robert Altman ) summarizes the disdain of the male heterosexual-dominated movie industry toward homosexual director George Cukor (1899-1983) when he quotes producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz: ``In a way, George Cukor was the first great female director of Hollywood.'' Cukor, who received an Oscar for My Fair Lady , is not portrayed as a persecuted innocent in this intriguing book; we're shown that he was promiscuous, petty and, ironically, not above stereotyping homosexuals in his films. The book tells as well of the decline of Hollywood's Golden Age because of competition from television, Red Scare blacklisting and studio reorganizations. Interesting insights into Hollywood deal-making are also provided. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Cukor was one of the top directors of Hollywood's studio era, and was known as the ``women's director'' for consistently drawing fine performances from his leading ladies. For as significant a figure as Cukor, however, there is little available information aside from a handful of critical studies of his films and a series of interviews conducted by Gavin Lambert, On Cukor ( LJ 9/1/72). This is the first full-fledged biography, and it is a good one. McGilligan ( Robert Altman: Jumping off the Cliff , LJ 5/1/89) researched archival materials and interviewed scores of backstage voices to fashion a compelling portrait of a homosexual artist working in a time and a community wherein discretion regarding one's sexual orientation was necessary. McGilligan places the open secret of this ``double life'' at the heart of Cukor's life and work. The book is rich in anecdotes, gossip, and lore, and should appeal to general readers and movie buffs as well as film scholars.-- John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312054199
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/1991
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 404

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