Women [DVD]  [Region 1] [Import] [NTSC]
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Be careful what you say in private. It could become a movie. Some gossip overheard by Clare Boothe Luce in a nightclub powder room inspired her Broadway hit that's wittily adapted for the screen in The Women. George Cukor directs an all-female cast in this catty tale of battling and bonding that paints its claws Jungle Red and shreds the excesses of pampered Park Avenue princesses. Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine, Mary Boland and Paulette Goddard are among the array of husband snatchers, snitches and lovelorn ladies.
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The film continued the play's all-female tradition - the entire cast of more than 130 speaking roles was female. Set in the glamorous Manhattan apartments of high society evoked by Cedric Gibbons, and in Reno where they obtain their divorces, it presents an acidic commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of various rich, bored wives and the other women that they come into contact with. Throughout the film, not a single male is seen -- although the males are much talked about, and the central theme is the women's relationships with them.
It is Hollywood entertainment at its best: great performances by the best actresses of the day, funny, sad and sarcastic. It is one of the great classic which one can watch and enjoy today. A new remake it is be released this year showing the attraction the story still holds.
As you probably already know, this film is COMPLETELY devoided of men! Not even one man appears on the screen - EVER (even dogs and cats are all females)! And at 2 hours 13 minutes this is a long film... And yet, even if they are so conspicuosly absent, men are nevertheless extremely present...)))
The scenario of this film is an adaptation of a play and it is clearly visible - and this is one of the strongest points of this film, as it makes it completely focused on witty, clever, fast, brilliant and sometimes pretty cruel dialogs. Once again, this is a long film - but believe me, you will not see the time pass! All actresses perform at the top of their abilities and they are a pleasure to watch.
But the greatest treasure of this film is the absolute lack of political correctness (and it begins with the opening titles)! If anybody tried to make this film today, with the same dialogs and solutions, well, I think the feminist/politically correct crowd would probably lynch him/her and throw what is left to piranhas! And this is a MAJOR reason to buy, watch and keep this film.
Joan Crawford is a particular delight in this film, playing (what a surprise) an evil, black-hearted gold digger - but still, I appreciated very much that at the end she had the final word - well, kind of...))) Believe me, it is worthy to watch this long film to the very end even if you have to retain just the scene in which Joan Crawford has the final word...)))!Read more ›
I myself have seen it a couple of times and would recommend it to anyone, even men.
A classic film from the 30's
So many famous actresses and some great comedic moments - what a set that must have been to work on. As a big fan of Rosalind Russell I watch the film for her performance but with the likes of Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer there is never a dull moment.
The dialogue is snappy and very quotable: "You're so slim I could kill you." "You don't have to, the diet I'm on is pure poison." Buy this DVD and soak up the golden era of Hollywood without any of those pesky men getting in the way!
For the first time on Blu-ray, the hilarious classic that answers the burning question: What do women talk about when there are no men around? The answer: men, and how to steal them! Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer and Rosalind Russell lean an all-star cast in some of the funniest and most amazing catfights ever put on the screen. When Mary Haines [Norma Shearer] is jilted by her husband, the claws come out, and Joan Crawford's pushy princess tries to snag her man. Based on the hit Broadway play by Clare Boothe and deftly directed by George Cukor, this newly re-mastered 75th anniversary edition will leave you in stiches!
FILM FACT: Filmed in black-and-white, it includes a ten-minute fashion parade filmed in Technicolor, featuring Adrian's most outré designs; often cut in modern screenings, it has been restored by Turner Classic Movies. When interviewed by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne, director George Cukor stated that he did not like the sequence and that he wanted to remove it from the film. It was remade as a 1956 musical comedy, ‘The Opposite Sex’ starring June Allyson, Joan Collins and Ann Miller.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have always loved this movie but until now it's been impossible to obtain it on DVD especially for region 2. Thankfully blue ray has sorted out this problem. Read morePublished 19 months ago by gert
Stunning blu ray quality of a classic movie from 1939 - so much better than the awful and tepid rehash (not remake) with Meg Ryan.
No re-make can better this Classic version, Joan Crawford was perfect as the bitchy other woman.Published on 19 July 2014 by nicola bonz