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Locarno to celebrate George Cukor

Swiss fest to show entire oeuvre

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The Locarno Film Festival will celebrate Hollywood helmer George Cukor with a complete retro during its 66th edition in August, the first headed by Carlo Chatrian.

The Swiss fest will show the best prints available of Cukor’s oeuvre spanning some 50 titles.

Cukor, who won an Oscar in 1964 for “My Fair Lady,” directed a slew of classics starring many iconic leading ladies, including Greta Garbo in “Camille,” Judy Garland in “A Star Is Born,” Marilyn Monroe in “Let’s Make Love,” and also Sophia Loren, Jane Fonda, and Katharine Hepburn, among others.

The retro will see filmmakers, stars and Cukor experts descend on Locarno for round-table discussions.

It will be curated by Italo film critic Roberto Turigliatto and will subsequently also unspool at the Cinematheque Suisse and Italy’s national film museum in Turin.

Chatrian in a statement praised Cukor’s work as “one of the purest examples of the consummate art and craftsmanship of Hollywood cinema.”

Locarno, which is dedicated to indie and cutting-edge international fare, also announced its new selection committee, which will be headed by Canadian film critic Mark Peranson, editor of Cinema Scope magazine.

Other Locarno programmers are Italo critic and former Venice and Turin programmer Lorenzo Esposito; Italo critic Sergio Fant, formerly in charge of the experimental Venice Horizons section; and Gaul’s Aurelie Godet, who writes for Cahiers du Cinema. Locarno market topper Nadia Dresti has been upped to head of international.

The fest will run Aug. 7-17.

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