“Death is nothing. But I didn’t want to die before I’d known love…” In a role tailor-made for her, a young Katharine Hepburn stars as Cynthia Darrington, a thrill-chasing aviatrix who has never had time for a man—until she meets distinguished statesman Christopher Strong (Colin Clive). Trouble is, he’s a feet-on-the-ground family man and she just wants to fly… Scripted by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Zoe Akins and directed by Dorothy Arzner—the lone female auteur to gain a foothold in 1930s Hollywood—this fascinating pre-Code romance injects a strong dose of proto-feminism into its fatalistic proceedings. Bonus: Hepburn looking like some sort of extraterrestrial superheroine in an outré, metallic moth costume.
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