A scene at the end of the film provides a suitable metaphor for Bergen’s delightfully unnatural role. Rushing into the street scantily dressed in the middle of a New York winter, Merry asks the hotel’s concierge to lend her his giant overcoat. This piece of clothing works as a double gag, proving an ill fit for both the character and Bergen. Through a novel dialectic between the old and the new, Cukor and his actresses beat a path to a vivid contemporary charm.
January 04, 2016