Fresh off her successful collaboration with George Cukor on The Philadelphia Story, Katharine Hepburn secured her comeback after a brief career slump with George Stevens’s 1942 Woman of the Year. This clever battle-of-the-sexes comedy—which marked the actor’s first on-screen partnership with Spencer Tracy, with whom she would go on to make eight more films and share a decades-long romantic relationship—follows the story of two newspaper reporters who fall in love and get married, only to realize that their lives may not be as compatible as they had imagined. Our new edition, out this week on Blu-ray and DVD, features writer Claudia Roth Pierpont discussing how the film gave Hepburn the chance to exude the sexuality that had been latent in her previous work. In the excerpt below, Pierpont details the ways in which the star’s intimate involvement in the project helped shape its direction.
Donald Richie Uncovers the Traces of a Lost Japan
In collaboration with director Lucille Carra, the renowned writer brought his impressionistic travelogue The Inland Sea—an unusual choice for a film adaptation—to the big screen.
A Palette That Sizzles On-Screen
Filmmaker Darnell Martin and writer Nelson George discuss how vividly Do the Right Thing captures the heat of a Brooklyn summer and the diverse skin tones of its cast of color.
A Genius of French Cinema Delivers a Career-Defining Performance
Raimu is at his subtle best in one of the most moving scenes in The Baker’s Wife, a moment in which the actor channels the collective despair of France’s working class.