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Costume Party is a monthly column exploring fashion, personal style, and historical aesthetics in film. Judy Holliday, with her distinctively sassy but sweet delivery, dimples, and ability to go from ditz to know it all in a single line, is one of the finest comedic actresses of the 1950s. This month and next, MoMA is showcasing her work, including her four films with George Cukor, Adam’s Rib (1949), Born Yesterday (1950), The Marrying Kind (1952),...
Opening Night (1977) Directed by John Cassavetes A drag of a cigarette. A hefty swig of booze. Amid murmurs of anticipation, renowned actress Myrtle Gordon, in the late summer of her career, makes her entrance on stage at the Orpheum Theater. She is starring in Second Woman, and her adoring fans await what’s to be an unforgettable performance. Cassavetes helms his ninth film, as ever, with a fluid camera, though this time around the movie...

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