Matt Wilson wrote:Woman of the Year
I love these two, and this could be their best work together (not that I've seen them all). It does have some issues though. I don't think there's too much wrong with the Hepburn character, but 'old Spence does - and this being a film from 1942, he has to domesticate her in order for them to be happy. The picture condones it and the ending is awkward - but the chemistry is there. And wasn't Kate beautiful?
I'm really late replying to this, but when I was I considered this as an inclusion in my top 100 films.
It's not really great, though.
I think I might have seen everyone they did together (I made a point of doing so, once, back in the old-days when you had to make do with what you could find at video stores and such.)
This was their first, of course. I think that's the real magic of it. There are some brilliant touches, like the very first shot of when Spencer Tracey first sees her. She's wearing a skirt, which almost jars knowing her in all her other roles. Her Femininity is so pronounced.
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There is some spectacular acting. That scene when he's in the car with the aunt (Whatever her name is) and he says his little speech, which I Love, and really THINK on sometimes where he says something like " I like to think my small things matter in a big way. "
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"then why don't you marry the girl"
"i think I will. "
I like the contrast of the characters, which I think echo-ed the appeal of their individual characters on screen.
He was always the lovable, down-to-earth, everyman.
She was always the quirky, pants-wearing, opinionated, jaunty-voiced Lady from on High.
I like that they worked like that in real life, and I like seeing that on screen.
I think that's why this film works.
But as you say, there are strange bits. I don't REALLY think he's trying to domesticate her. But it does what a few George Cukor films do, and seem to end, half way through the argument. (Imagine what a film Sylvia Scarlett might have been if it didn't have such a strange strapped-on happy ending?)
I don't think this film resolves. And it asks more questions than it answers (How is a woman supposed to be an international reporter extraordinaire and be everything she needs to be in the home?) I'm not sure it suggests she HAS to give up everything so she can make a decent waffle. But it's a bit left open.
Of course, I think that it picks up the pieces a bit in Adam's Rib, which is a bit more Complete.
I'd still like to watch it again soon.
She really IS very endearing in this film.