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An Affair to Remember

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An Affair To Remember

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
119 minutes
performer:
Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning, Robert Q. Lewis, Cathleen Nesbitt
director:
Leo McCarey
distributor:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author:
62682, 70723
genre:
Romance

We gave it a B+

Nicely timed to Katharine Hepburn’s 90th birthday on May 12, Christopher Andersen’s tale, An Affair to Remember, thoroughly chronicles the oft-told, rarely analyzed 26-year affair between Hepburn and the married Spencer Tracy. To Andersen’s credit, though a Hepburn fan — he named a daughter Kate — he doesn’t whitewash Tracy’s drinking binges, his violent outbursts, his verbal abuse, and Hepburn’s seemingly masochistic embrace of him. Though Andersen insists that Hepburn wasn’t a victim, that the two brought out the best in each other, his description of her as Tracy’s ”nursemaid” makes you think the book’s subtitle should be Smart Women, Foolish Choices. B+

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