This is one of the best films of the 40s!!
Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn: Fireworks at first sight. Image: Doctor Macro
We’re torn when it comes to the 1942 romantic comedy Woman of the Year.
After a fast and intense courtship, the two marry, then learn to adjust to each other.
Tracy’s character loves an opinionated, high-spirited woman, but he’s woefully unprepared to live with Hepburn’s doggedness. If she’s not rescuing Greek orphans, she’s giving asylum to political refugees or interviewing world leaders. As Canadian humourist Stephen Leacock might say, Hepburn runs “madly off in all directions”.
In this film, director George Stevens uses dialogue as a frame for the more important job of defining the characters. For example, when Tracy first meets Hepburn in person, it is in the newspaper…
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