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.
That's the dilemma spoiled socialite Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) faces in "Philadelphia Story." To keep her father's marital indiscretion out of the paper, Tracy agrees to let the magazine send a journalistic team to cover her high-society wedding to dull-as-dirt industrialist George Kittredge. With Cary Grant as Tracy's ex and James Stewart as the guy-next-door reporter, poor George doesn't stand much of a chance at getting Tracy to the altar. Further mishaps ensue as Tracy tries to pass her uncle off as her (absent) father and celebrates with too much champagne--and perhaps too much Jimmy Stewart--at a pre-wedding party.
"Philadelphia Story" crackles with witty dialogue and sparkles with outstanding performances, not just from its stars (Hepburn, Grant and Stewart, who won a best actor Oscar for his role), but also from the supporting cast. Ruth Hussey as the not-easily-impressed career-girl photographer provides a terriflc foil to the sometimes imperious Tracy. Dinah Lord stirs things up as Tracy's kid sister.
Hepburn, of course, is absolutely incredible. In the role of Tracy Lord, Hepburn seemed to find her footing, and never lost it again. Back when her name was branded box office poison, Hepburn snatched up the film rights to Philip Barry's Broadway hit play, teamed up with two of Hollywood's greatest leading men, and made the comeback of a lifetime in "Philadelphia Story.Read more ›
While this film is undeniably Hepburn's, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart also turn in brilliant performances. Grant chose the more low-key role, oddly enough, while insisting on top billing. This left the field open for Stewart to sneak in and try his darned best to steal the movie from Hepburn's capable hands, and he almost succeeded. The chemistry between Hepburn and Stewart is a delight to watch, and I do wonder what Grant could have done with this role if he'd chosen it. Could he have improved on it? Highly doubtful.
Peerless romantic comedy; wonderfully, tightly scripted. Eons above its musical remake, 'High Society'.
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Great story. Humour and romance. Hepburn at her best and great supporting cast.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Frankly this is another Cary Grant movie where Oscar should have been given to Cary Grant for his performance .No buts, no ifs. Cary is a real ex husband here. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Giga Leach
Classic movie with great acting ... worth watching to say the least!Published 14 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 on March 18 2014 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
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