Alice Adams (1935)
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That George Stevens' direction captures the wistfulness of Katharine Hepburn's superb histrionism, and yet has not sacrificed audience values at the altar of too much drabness and prosaic realism, is an achievement of no small order.
Stevens's talent for stepping away from the plotline and creating intimate, casual, and naturalistic moments is given plenty of opportunity here, as it would not be in his later superproductions.
An oddly exciting blend of tenderness, comedy and realistic despair, it touches life intimately at many points during its account of a lonely girl in a typical American small town.
Hepburn is magnificent as the small-town social climber, although the script so softens Booth Tarkington's novel.
Stevens' deadpan-humane approach dilutes the acid of Booth Tarkington's social critique
The pathetic, social-climbing heroine of Booth Tarkington's novel was never better played than by Hepburn, who brought a fierce determination, clutching coyness, and tragic optimism to the part.
George Stevens' poignant adaptation of the Tarkington famous novel is one of the few Ameriacn films of its era to examine the impact of social class in a realistic way.
There's much humor that comes out of the believable characters portrayed and the pain they suffer from their plight.
Hepburn is real reason to seek this one out
Hepburn is heartwarming
Alice Adams would be forgotten if it weren't for Hepburn's typically charismatic performance as the woman who turns social climbing into an art form.
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