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63 Ratings

Christopher Strong

Directed by Dorothy Arzner
United States, 1933


A tale of illicit love among the English aristocracy. Hepburn plays Lady Cynthia Darrington, a strong-spirited aviatrix, who is over the age of 21 and has never had a lover or an affair because she is too busy.

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Christopher Strong Directed by Dorothy Arzner

Critics reviews

You guessed it: these two unrepentant outsiders fall in love, thus becoming just like everybody else. But the way it all unfolds in this notably female-helmed film from 1933—directed by Dorothy Arzner and scripted by the playwright Zoe Akins—is fascinatingly bizarre, and strikingly ahead of its time.
January 04, 2016
Matrimony and its discontents—and the hazards and dissatisfactions of courtship in general—figure prominently in Arzner’s oeuvre, as does sororal camaraderie (exemplified in 1929’s The Wild Party). Men are often superfluous, depicted, depending on where they fall on the socioeconomic scale, as hectoring, no-good drunks or spineless, coddled patricians. The female protagonists in Arzner’s films live by the motto of Christopher Strong’s unforgettable airwoman: Courage conquers death.
February 12, 2013
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It is a less interesting film than it should be, less interesting than Arzner’s more “feminist” film, Dance, Girl, Dance. But, for all its weaknesses, Christopher Strong leaves us with a blazingly electric image of Katharine Hepburn unlike that of any other film: a woman in a silver lame body – stocking which covers everything but her face – and suggests the chrysalis of superwoman of the future.
January 01, 1974

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