Academy Awards


All the Oscars Katharine Hepburn DIDN’T Win

This film is written in conjunction with the Oscar Snubs Blogathon hosted by Silver Scenes. Anybody following the Academy Awards excitement will have probably seen the various Oscars trivia posts floating around the web, most of them giving a nod to the great Katharine Hepburn and her unprecedented 4 Oscar […]


Katharine Hepburn Faces Fear and Fame in MORNING GLORY (1933)

“Youth has its hour of glory, but too often it is only a morning glory, the flower that fades before the sun if very high.” (from MORNING GLORY (1933)) “No other star has emerged with greater rapidity or with more ecstatic acclaim. No other star, either, has become so unpopular so […]


Musical Patriotism and Nostalgia in CASABLANCA (1942)

The other day on Groupon they featured an offer to see the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra play along with CASABLANCA (1942) and I sincerely regret not jumping at this chance to give myself the best Valentine’s Day gift imaginable! As we know, CASABLANCA is on every top 100 movie list out […]


Oscar-Winning Director George Cukor (as in “cucumber”)

George Cukor was nominated for five Academy Awards for Best Director, ultimately winning in 1965 for MY FAIR LADY (1964). His first nominations were for two of the 10 films he made with Katharine Hepburn, LITTLE WOMEN (1933) and THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940). Although Cukor was known primarily as a […]


Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin write for the silver screen’s dream team

When Garson Kanin published Tracy & Hepburn: An Intimate Memoir in 1972, Katharine Hepburn was furious and refused to talk to him for years. But after time went by and many of her friends started passing away, including Kanin’s wife and writing partner Ruth Gordon, Miss Hepburn came to value his […]


Reading FROZEN (2013) as a Feminist

FROZEN (2013) is a great example of how Disney can unfold non-traditional plot lines without antagonizing traditionalists. The story is loosely, and I do mean loosely, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” (1845). The seven stories of “The Snow Queen” constitute Andersen’s longest fairy tale about a boy and […]


LES MISERABLES (2012): Less Miserable Than Expected

Director Tom Hooper adopted a huge legacy when he agreed to make yet another version of Victor Hugo’s classic French tale. There are two French film versions of the story: the epic Raymond Bernard production of 1934 and the lesser-known 1958 film directed by Jean-Paul Le Chanois. Hollywood presented its own adaptation in the 1935 20th Century Fox production […]