George Cukor

IndieLisboa 2019 •

Estados Unidos, Fiction, 1969, 116′

Adapted from the novels The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell, Justine is considered a minor George Cukor work, partly due to the incidents that surrounded the production. After the former director of the project (Joseph Strick) quit, Cukor was assigned the “save this film” mission, accepting Fox’s request five years after the glorious My Fair Lady. Recreating the romanesque and political plot in the Alexandria of the thirties, Justine has some remarkable moments like the Carnival sequence. Anouk Aimée is Justine. Anna Karina (Melissa), saw in the film the possibility of being directed by Cukor, one of the masters she admired. (Cinemateca Portuguesa)