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Blu-ray Review: George Cukor's Holiday Is As Alive as Ever

Blu-ray Review: George Cukor's Holiday Is As Alive as Ever

The screwball genre may remember George Cukor most fondly for his Katherine Hepburne / Cary Grant vehicle, 1940’s The Philadelphia Story, which helped to rescue Kat from her cruel ‘box office poison’ tagging. But for my patronage, Cukor’s lesser-known, Holiday, released two years prior, resonates among the finest entries, not just of the Grant/Hepburn pairings, with which Bringing Up Baby also competes, but of the entire period. It’s not that playwright Phillip Barry’s comedy of manners, Holiday (1928), is especially funny as much as it is charming as all hell, particularly when met with a worthy director. Take the hit broadway play’s two Hollywood adaptations: whereas the first version, directed by Edward H. Griffith as an early celluloid talkie in 1930, is dry and lifeless,...

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