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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 – Cavalcade (1933)

 Cavalcade (1933)

Directed by Frank Lloyd

Based on the play by Noel Coward

It’s kind of a cliché when people say things like, “They just don’t make ‘em like they used to,” as if somehow in the good-old days everything was better. Unfortunately, in the good-old present we know that most things in the past were kind of crap and bad for you: lead paint, chemical run-off in rivers and groundwater, asbestos in schools. This is never more true that with the Best Picture winner of 1933, Cavalcade, because honestly, if this movie is a good example of what the Academy thought a Best Picture winner ought to be – and now, after seeing three of the first six, I’d say it is – then I’m only too happy they don’t make ‘em like they used to. Continue reading

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