What Price Hollywood?

George Cukor was a prolific studio director, famously winning the Academy Award for Best Director for My Fair Lady (1964). Prior to its release, Cukor had already been well established as a director of Hollywood’s early sound era, collaborating with the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Rosalind Russell, Norma Shearer, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and many popular stars of the day.

Over time, he earned himself the nickname of a “woman’s director,” known for helping elicit the strongest performances from some of Hollywood’s most talented–and occasionally most difficult–actresses. In fact, Cukor himself was fired from Gone with the Wind (1939) for giving Vivien Leigh more screen time than Clark Gable.

What Price Hollywood?: Gender and Sex in the Films of George Cukor by Elyce Rae Helford explores Cukor’s intent to examine gender and sexuality on-screen throughout his films. Helford employs a variety of theoretical lenses to study how Cukor’s films, both well-known and not, portray Hollywood masculinity and gender through camp, drag, and other genres. Helford’s work offers both biographical and critical analysis of Cukor and his films, offering an interesting perspective on a noteworthy director.

What Price Hollywood?: Gender and Sex in the Films of George Cukor is available for purchase via the University Press of Kentucky.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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