The Philadelphia Story (Two-Disc Special Edition) (Sous-titres français)
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HERE COMES THE BRIDE. AND THE EX-HUSBAND. AND A GOSSIP-RAGCOLUMNIST ON ASSIGNMENT. THE LUMINOUS TALE OF A FAULT-FINDING,BRIDE-TO-BE SOCIALITE WHO GETS HER COMEUPPANCE AND AN UNEXPECTEDMR. RIGHT.
Recreating the role she originated in Philip Barry's wickedly witty Broadway play, Katharine Hepburn stars as the spoiled and snobby socialite Tracy Lord in this sparkling 1940 screen adaptation of The Philadelphia Story, one of the great romantic comedies from the golden age of MGM studios. Applying her impossibly high ideals to everyone but herself, Tracy is about to marry a stuffy executive when her congenial ex-husband (Cary Grant), arrives to protect his former father-in-law from a potentially scandalous tabloid exposé. In an Oscar-winning role, James Stewart is the scandal reporter who falls for Tracy as her wedding day arrives, throwing her into a dizzying state of premarital jitters. Who will join Tracy at the altar? Snappy dialogue flows like sparkling wine under the sophisticated direction of George Cukor in this film that turned the tide of Hepburn's career from "box-office poison" to glamorous Hollywood star. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The play on which the movie is based has an interesting backstory. At this point in her career, for various reasons, Katherine Hepburn had been branded "box office poison". Unable to find suitable work in Hollywood, Ms. Hepburn decided to do the next best thing - get playwrite, Philip Barry to write her a hit. And so he did. The Broadway production of "The Philadelphia Story" was a phenomenal success. However, when L.B. Mayer, the head of MGM, decided that he simply had to have the rights to the play he discovered that Barry didn't own them - Katherine Hepburn did. Hence, the only way to make the movie was to cast box office poison in the lead. What good fortune that he did, since the film revitalized Katherine Hepburn's image with the movie going public and launched her career through another six decades of wonderful performances.
Now, about the DVD. Warner Home Video has inherited another MGM Home Video import with "The Philadelphia Story". Having said that, this one's pretty good looking. Yes, there is fine grain, dirt, scratches and aging present throughout. There's also some rare instances of edge enhancement and shimmering details. But these are minute and do not distract one from enjoying this fantastic film. The gray scale (it's a B&W movie) is well balanced. Contrast and shadow levels are accurately defined. The soundtrack is mono as originally recorded. At times there is a slight background hiss that crops up but overall, the audio is remarkably well represented. There are no extras.
BOTTOM LINE: YES.
Tracy Lord (Katherine Hepburn), a spoiled socialite scheduled to remarry when her first husband, C.K. Dexterhaven (Cary Grant) shows up as uninvited wedding guest. Add to the mix, Mike Connor (James Stewart) a reporter who is supposed to be covering the wedding for the tabloids but winds up falling for Tracy himself. The brief triangle has a predictable ending.
Less glamorous than the 1955 Technicolor Musical re-make "High Society" with Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby, this black & white Classic remains the superior production. Somewhat dated (definitely 1940s Movie Star Magazine material), this is still a groundbreaking romantic comedy. Ted Turner: Please keep your crayons away from this one!****
Katherine Hepburn plays a divorcee about to get remarried. She's cool, hard, and very self-righteous. Her former husband, played by Cary Grant, comes to the wedding uninvited, in part to stop his former father-in-law from being embarassed in the press and in part to make a general nuisance of himself, setting his ex-wife's teeth on edge. Jimmy Stewart plays a serious novelist turned reporter assigned, against his will, to cover the wedding for the social pages. With Katherine Hepburn being above it all, Cary Grant being a lovable rogue, and Jimmy Stewart playing the intellectual, it turns into a hilarious debacle ala 'The Importance of Being Earnest'.
The supporting cast characters of in this movie are also exceptionally good. Each of them are good actors in their own right and they serve to bring a very, very high polish to this already good film that might otherwise be lacking.
For DVD collectors there isn't much on this DVD, as their often isn't with older movies. The original theatrical trailer is included, which is a nice boon to those who enjoy them.
Jimmy Stewart got his Best Actor Oscar, a richly deserved one, as he plays the part of a sarcastic reporter. The way he treats Tracy Lord, a combination of superciliousness and adulation is wonderful. So is the role of Cary Grant as C.K.Dexter Haven, who officially comes there to get revenge on his ex-wife, but is there actually due to blackmail. The interaction between him and Tracy Lord is fantastic, either they like each other, or they are at each other's throats. Katherine Hepburn plays her role as the haughty, socialite wonderfully and the way she changes her acting when she is sober to when she is drunk is well brought out. After a lot of flops, she finally had a success with this movie. The role was almost made for her.
The dialogue is hilarious and intelligent. It also mocks at some of the obvious ideas about the class system. George Cukor manages his cast very well right upto the end. This is a movie for all generations. I was disappointed that Cary Grant was not nominated for an Oscar for his role in this, it was very well done. The end of the movie is beautiful.
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Classic movie with great acting ... worth watching to say the least!Published 8 months ago by JanetPLondon
Contrarily to what is advertised this DVD has no French audio. I'm sure it's a fine movie, but please change the description. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Luc Bautmans
husband loves old classic movies, so got it for him for his collection.. watched it and enjoyed it been a long timePublished on July 17 2013 by leona lapointe
It wears its age in a charming manner, and its themes are no less relevant today. Great storyline, wonderfully romantic moments and a strong cast with equally strong acting, it... Read morePublished on April 13 2013 by dragonworks
If you have not seen this film at least once in your life and / or are concerned about the choice you have made for a potential (marriage) partner then rent or buy this film now. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2012 by Martin Duchesne
What is there not to love about this movie - great actors with Hepburn, Grant and Stewart and stellar supporting actors that bring to life a well-written script. Read morePublished on July 11 2009 by h2w
I love this movie. It's very easy to enjoy. This is one of Katharine Hepburn's best movies!!Published on July 15 2007 by Bob
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