Friday, December 13, 2013
For this (very) thinly disguised reflection on the then-still-contentious Kinsey Reports, Cukor cast four brilliant actresses (Jane Fonda, Glynis Johns, Shelley Winters, and Claire Bloom) as a handful of suburban women whose sex lives run the gamut from icy abstemiousness to self-destructive promiscuity. They’re being grilled by Kinsey-like researcher and his assistant (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.), with squirm-inducing results. The Chapman Report was arguably the closest Cukor ever got to directly engaging with his own sexual identity on screen. Autobiographical echoes aside, it now stands as a fascinating time capsule of a peculiar moment in sexual history: the nervous, repressed years just before the revolution.