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8.1
/10
1,879 Ratings

The Philadelphia Story

Directed by George Cukor
United States, 1940
Comedy, Romance

Synopsis

As a rich aristocrat from the East prepares her remarriage with an upstart man, her first husband reappears into her life and tries to stop the wedding.

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The Philadelphia Story Directed by George Cukor

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1941 | 2 wins including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1941 | 4 nominations including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1940 | Winner: Best Actress

1940 | Nominee: Best Film

Stewart’s “hearth fires and holocausts”-spouting about-face is a marvel of nuance, undoubtedly summoned with the sage assistance of Cukor, who as one of the most powerful gay men in Hollywood at the time (however unspoken) had a unique knack for observing traditional heterosexual power dynamics with a canted eye. Which would make Grant’s character something like the director’s stand-in.
November 23, 2017
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It’s a wordy film, but Cukor’s direction of stars was always easy and natural. He follows the flow of Hepburn’s impossibly slim, tall body moving around rooms and lawns that Tracy has known all her life, and the rattle of all that dialogue flows right along with her. Then, too, Cukor knows how to keep still and give his audience the joy of picking up on the actors’ business.
November 07, 2017
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Cary Grant gets to show off his expertise in tumbling with a series of spectacular back-flips. Katherine Hepburn is more vulnerable than usual, and makes it work. Lew Ayres is, my God, TERRIFIC — the heart and soul of the film, in a way. If the movie isn’t as well-known as the Hepburn-Cukor PHILADELPHIA STORY, also from a play by Philip Barry, it may because Ayres complicates it, makes it less than totally joyous.
April 20, 2017
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