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The Women

Released 1939
Distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

There was a man in the director’s chair but none in front of the camera for George Cukor’s classic satire about high society and savage instincts. The film stars the most powerful actresses in Hollywood, each vying for a top of the heap position, including Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, and Rosalind Russell in a hilariously vicious portrait of a back-stabbing gossip. The black and white film was released with a full color fashion show flaunting Adrian’s over-the-top couture—initially cut from prints, it’s now been restored on Blu-ray.

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About Heidi Honeycutt

Heidi Honeycutt is a film programmer and film journalist with extensive knowledge of horror film history and women genre film directors. She is the co-founder of Etheria Film festival, the world-famous showcase of new genre films directed by women. She is the producer of the six-season fantasy/horror series "Etheria" and the horror anthology show "Beyond the Dark" for Shudder as well as several special features documentaries including "Killer Cuisine: The Making of Blood Diner".

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Thank you for a fine commentary on a very good film. It’s very much of its time. As a study of harem politics, it’s excellent – and it’s also, at times, very funny.

I would add that George Cukor made some fine films about women. In particular, he directed several of the classic comedies starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey, including “Adam’s Rib” and “Pat and Mike”; and he made the classic psychological drama “Gaslight”, which lately has become a meme in its own right.


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