This introductory chapter provides a background into the life and work of film director George Cukor, contextualizing his career within a time of radical transition as Hollywood turned to sound cinema and many of Broadway's brightest talents likewise turned to filmmaking. It also describes Cukor's working methods, influenced by his stage career, during which time he had demonstrated considerable stylistic flair, managerial competence, and bankability or, perhaps better, a knack for turning a profit from diverse projects. These traits and more would serve him well upon his transition into filmmaking, as would his penchant for being an actor's director, deftly working with both his actors and with the minutiae of filmmaking and production.
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