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The Best Picture Project – Gone With The Wind (1939)

Directed by Victor Fleming

Screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell

Starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia DeHavilland, Leslie Howard and Hattie McDaniel

In the grand history of the Oscars, 1939 might be the most stellar year of them all, what with a Best Picture race that include Of Mice and Men, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, The Wizard of Oz, Goodbye Mr. Chips, and the eventual winner, Gone With The Wind.  In another year it’s conceivable any of those films might’ve taken the top prize – of the losers, I’m especially fond of Mr. Chips – but this wasn’t any other year, this was 1939, and this was the year of Gone With The Wind. Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project – Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)

Directed by Frank Lloyd

Starring Charles Laughton, Clark Gable and Franchot Tone

Screenplay by Jules Furthman, Talbot Jennings and Carey Wilson

From the Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall novel

Mutiny on the Bounty is a strange film for me.  I really like it, but I wouldn’t say I love it.  I know it’s good, but I also don’t think it’s great – or maybe superb is the better word.  It is definitely rousing, in bits, and the drama is dramatic, and the native girls are lovely.  The performances are good, but can be a bit hammy – Charles Laughton especially.  And when it’s on TV, I watch it, but with less-than rapt attention.  What makes it strange is that for all its faults, I don’t find it tedious in the slightest, nor terribly long.  For all the reasons to hate it, I don’t hate it, yet I don’t especially love it.  Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project – It Happened One Night (1934)

It Happened One Night (1934)

Directed by Frank Capra

Screenplay by Robert Riskin

Starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert

In the history of the Oscars, three movies have won the big five awards of Picture, Director, Actress, Actor and a Screenplay Award: It Happened One Night, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Silence of the Lambs. It’s the rarest of the rare achievement, occurring only 3 times in 82 years – so rare that there’s only been four other times when a films leads won in both Best Actor and Actress category. Because it doesn’t occur every year, or even every decade, you’d be tempted to think that surely the sweep each film put on was the result of some sort of dominance on it’s part, that these three films were the only time that Hollywood got it absolutely right and marched home with the trophy. At tempting as that is to think, it’s not the case, as all three were really the product of circumstances, benefitting in some way or another from just dumb luck to do what it did. Continue reading

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