Sunday, June 24, 2012
10 of 1001 Movies: Adam's Rib (1949)
Adam, and Amanda Bonner as lawyers when they are given the same case, and opposing sides to defend. Doris Attinger has shot her husband after finding him in the midst of an affair. Adam's job is to prosecute her, while Amanda is defending her. George Cukor directs this romantic comedy that navigates a marriage put on opposing fences risking splitting not only their marriage, but society.
I think I find it most surprising that this film is labeled under romantic comedy. Though there are funny moments I felt there were some serious, time changing issues being talked about in the film. In 1949 maybe these things got off more on ease with comedic value, but they have a lot of relevance and good points.
You can tell there is chemistry between Katherine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracy. It isn't surprising considering they carried on a two decade long relationship, despite the fact that Tracy was married to someone else. Reminds me a lot of the movie! These two definitely enjoy the screen together. I think what is most surprising is how suggestive the content gets. My perception of the 40s and 50s was that you never alluded to anything sexual. This couple is always slipping away for something though. I sort of like how it was played. We don't actually have to sit through scenes shoved in our face of the two getting it on to know what is happening.
One of my favorite moments of the movie though is during the trial when Amanda asks the jurors to imagine he woman on trial to be imagined as a man, along with the mistress. She then asks them to imagine the man as a woman, and then to analyze how they would judge the case. Amanda's study of women's place in society, and how that affected everything down to convictions I wish would have been taken more seriously in the movie. Those same judgements are made even today. During this scene though I like how it truly brings the truth Amanda was getting at to light.
Overall, this is a cute movie with some deeper points that I wish had been handled a little better. The actors have great chemistry though, which helps the film. Katharine Hepburn just doesn't remind you of the traditional Hollywood starlet. There is something a little bit more rough about her that makes her a stronger female just right for this role.
Rating 4 of 5.