The Women

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USA | 1939 | 133 minutes | George Cukor

August 17, 2019

Dressed to the Nines: Style in Cinema

Unbeknownst to Mary (Norma Shearer), her husband is engaged in an extramarital affair with a department store perfume girl (Joan Crawford). When news of the infidelity reaches the ears of Mary's friends Sylvia (Rosalind Russell) and Edith (Phyllis Povah), they conspire to get the word to Mary in a roundabout fashion. Adapted from the hit play by Clare Boothe Luce, George Cukor's (My Fair Lady, Gaslight) take on the material is a late 30s classic full to the brim with stinging one-liners and witty rejoinders, easily one of the funniest and most memorable films of the period. Adrian costumes each fabulous female cast member, then outdoes himself with a Technicolor fashion show sequence.

Costume design is one of the essential elements of filmmaking. In the hands of a talented designer, wardrobe reveals character and informs story. The studio system at its height spawned a roster of legendary names known for their sartorial skill, from Adrian to Edith Head. SIFF's summer repertory series spans the decades, returning six landmark films to the big screen, making them available to view through the prism of extraordinary costume design. Come see a host of Hollywood stars dressed to the nines, Saturdays at one at the SIFF Cinema Uptown.

All films in the series will be hosted by Rosemarie and Vince Keenan, who under the pen name Renee Patrick, write the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award nominated mystery novels featuring costume designer Edith Head. They have introduced films on Turner Classic Movies and at the Noir City Film Festivals at both SIFF and in Los Angeles.

  • Director: George Cukor
  • Principal Cast: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1939
  • Running Time: 133 minutes
  • Producer: Hunt Stromberg
  • Screenplay: Anita Loos, Jane Murfin
  • Cinematographers: Oliver T. Marsh, Joseph Ruttenberg
  • Language: English, French