Death Takes a Holiday (1934)

death-takes-a-holiday“I bound myself to life, and with it, to the little rules by which it is lived. And now I must bow to it. What a monstrous comedy! ” – Death

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 May 2015)

Brief Synopsis – In order to learn about life and love Death masquerades as a foreign prince but gets more than he bargained for.

My Take on it – I was interested in seeing what this movie was about after learning that this story was the basis for Meet Joe Black (1998) starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins.

I can’t say that this is a really bad movie because it delves into some very interesting philosophical discussions.

On the other hand, it’s far from perfect and given the limitations of cinema back in the 1930’s there seems to be much wasted potential of this kind of story.

The remake takes this storyline into much more interesting territory and feels more satisfying than this is.

Bottom Line – This isn’t a great movie but it also isn’t terrible given that it was made during the 30’s. Explores some interesting philosophical territory. The remake with Pitt and Hopkins is much better.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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