What Price Hollywood?
Gender and Sex in the Films of George Cukor
Nevertheless, What Price Hollywood? Gender and Sex in the Films of George Cukor finds that Cukor continued to explore gender and sexuality on-screen. Drawing on a broad array of theoretical lenses, Elyce Rae Helford examines how Cukor's award-winning films—titles including My Fair Lady and The Philadelphia Story—as well as his lesser-known films engage Hollywood masculinity and gender performativity through camp, drag, and mixed genres. Blending biography with critical analysis of more than twenty-five films, What Price Hollywood? tells the story of a once-in-a-generation director who produced some of the best films in history.
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"Helford presents a series of critical case studies of George Cukor's films through the lens of queer, feminist, and intersectional theory, making a significant and fresh contribution to scholarship. Deeply researched, yet clear and accessible, What Price Hollywood? appeals to nonspecialist readers as well as students of media, American, and Jewish studies."—Nathan Abrams, author of Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film
"Helford's study of George Cukor is a major addition to criticism on one of classic Hollywood's most prolific and successful directors. Though the book delivers on its promise to examine how Cukor handled issues surrounding sex and gender, What Price Hollywood? ranges widely through the oeuvre, boasting rich readings of Cukor's films and engaging with many of the theoretical topics that have fruitfully occupied film scholars in recent years."—R. Barton Palmer, coeditor of George Cukor: Hollywood Master
"Needless to say, if you want an authoritative and fresh look at George Cukor's films, look no further than What Price Hollywood?"—Edge Media Network
"An extraordinarily informative and deftly presented study of one of the truly outstanding Hollywood film directors of the 20th Century."—Midwest Book Review
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