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 58th review of the 89 chosen Films…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Jan 2017)
Brief Synopsis – After her husband is killed in a car accident while being chased by the police, a seamstress’ life takes a turn for the worse.
My Take on it – This is yet another film that I knew nothing about and was surprised to see that it was written by Tennessee Williams which gave me hope of it being a fun and engaging film like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).
I was quite disappointed because this film wasn’t very interesting to watch and in some instances actually felt boring.
I’ve been a fan of Burt Lancaster’s work over the years, but his role here feels quite miscast and a bit too comedic than it should be.
Anna Magnani won an Oscar for Best Actress in this film and I guess it’s because of the changes to her personality over the course of the story.
There is no chemistry between the two lead characters which is needed for this to work much better.
I’m still a bit confused how this film was able to get 8 Oscar nominations that year and take home 3 of them (Actress, Art Direction and Cinematography – Black and White).
Bottom Line – Nowhere near as good as I had expected knowing that Magnani won an Oscar for this leading role and by the fact that it was written by Williams. Lancaster, who I usually like a lot feels extremely miscast here and comedic in some ways. Not sure how this film was able to get 8 Oscar nominations (including 3 wins)
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was Magnani’s first English-speaking role in a Hollywood film. She was very nervous about her English, and her heavy accent during filming, and in fact had turned down the role in the stage version earlier for the same reason. Magnani’s performance was widely applauded and she walked home with the Oscar for Best Actress as a result. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy
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