Levy’s Anatomy: George Cukor

About the Author

Emanuel Levy began his studies at Tel-Aviv University, where he received B.A. in sociology, anthropology and political science. He did graduate work in sociology, film, and culture studies at Columbia University, where he earned a Ph.D. Among his mentors were Sigmund Diamond, a professor of social history, and the distinguished film critic Andrew Sarris. Most of his film education in the pre-VCR era was done at French Cinematheque, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Film Forum, Thalia, and other art houses.


About this Book

George Cukor called Katharine Hepburn “straight as a knife and slippery as a snake” and cast her in her first movie. He once replaced Charles Laughton with W.C. Fields, let Ernst Lubitsch bully him out of a screen credit, got fired from Gone With the Wind and directed 50 years of Hollywood’s best films, including My Fair Lady and the Judy Garland-James Mason A Star Is Born. Emanuel Levy, an Arizona State film and sociology professor, based his admiring but realistic biography, George Cukor: Master of Elegance: Hollywood’s Legendary Director and His Stars, on more than 100 interviews and twice that many written sources.