In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.
Here is my 56th review of the 89 chosen Films…
“A person doesn’t always get what she deserves. Remember it. If there’s anything in life you want, go and get it. Don’t wait for anybody to give it to you.” – Mrs. Thornton
Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Jan 2017)
Brief Synopsis – In a small New England town, the quiet lives of its inhabitants are just a facade for scandals and secrets.
My Take on it – This is a film I have heard about for deacdes (mainly due to Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire) and never realy had an interest in seeing it.
Boy was I wrong because I absolutely loved how they did this film.
This film was considered quite racy and provocative in it’s day, but according to today’s standards, it’s actually quite tame.
Loved the way that they basically give us a character study of secrets, scandals and lies in small town US of A but at the same time it shows us how hard it is to keep those secrets when everybody knows one another.
They do an excellent job developing the characters and we quite quickly learn who everyone is and what they are trying to keep everyone else from discovering.
Great cast all feel like real people and we can relate to them and their overall situations.
So glad I finally got to see this film!
Bottom Line – Great character study of how small town life is similar to big town life yet harder to keep secrets when everyone knows each other. The characters are all developed extremely well and we easily can relate to all of them and to their predicaments. Tame by today’s standards yet extremely scandalous when it was made. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film received nine Oscar nominations, including four honouring supporting performances, which set a record for that time. It would later be matched by Tom Jones (1963), The Last Picture Show (1971), and The Godfather: Part II (1974). (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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