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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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