The Women (U)


5 April 2014
Cinema 3

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'One of my favourite films ever … a sparkling cyanide soda-pop of a confection' The Guardian

George Cukor was known in his time as a ‘woman’s director’, and this sparkling 1939 comedy is the ultimate women’s picture: adapted by two women screenwriters from a hit Broadway play written by a woman, there’s not a single man so much as glimpsed among its extraordinary cast of 135 (even the onscreen dogs and horses were female).

The story centres on Mary Haines (Norma Shearer), a member of the poisonous inner circle of back-biting that is the first-wives’ club of New York high society. When Mary discovers her husband is having an affair with gold-digger shop-girl Crystal (Joan Crawford), she rushes to Reno for a quickie divorce, where she falls in with a gang of recently separated women. At the all-women dude ranch, she is joined by her acid-tongued Manhattan socialite ‘frenemie’ Sylvia (a wickedly comic Rosalind Russell).

Uproariously bitchy, full of scenery-chewing performances and crackling, warp-speed dialogue – The Women was scandalously de-clawed and remade in 2008 as a tedious, soft-focus paen to female friendship, starring Meg Ryan. This original, biting version – ‘Jungle Red’ of nail – is the one to see.

US 1939 Dir George Cukor 133 min

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