90 Days of Oscar Nominees #8 – Disraeli (1929)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 8th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“War is never a solution. It’s an aggravation.” – Benjamin Disraeli

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Dec 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Biopic of the British Prime Minister who used his political wit to try and purchase the Suez Canal despite many opponents in Parliament.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for years because I didn’t know much about the character but knew that he was known as one of the greatest Prime Ministers of England.

The dialogue is great here and we get a real sense of the urgency and importance of the events going on in this story.

George Arliss does an amazing job in the title role and he is able to show us a developed character that really knew what he stood for as he tried to do his best for Queen and Country despite the fact that he had many enemies due solely to his race.

It amazed me to see how much antisemitism there apparently was at the time that he was Prime Minister during the mi-19th Century, yet he still was able to rise to power and get things done.

Arliss was very worthy of winning the Best Actor Oscar for this role which was also the first time someone won for playing a real life figure.

He is able to easily carry the film with his on-screen presence and does a wonderful jopb delivering such exquisite dialogue that has such a powerful meaning.

This story proves yet again that politics will always be politics and it doesn’t really matter what time and place the story is from.

Bottom Line – Great biopic that was one of the first of its kind.  The main character is developed so well that we easily understand why he does all that he does for Queen and country despite the prejudices against him from many all around him. Arliss is great in this role and truly carries the entire film with his beautiful delivery of such exquisite dialogue.  He was a very worthy winner of the first Oscar for playing a real life figure. Goes to show that politics will always be politics no matter what time and place.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Adapted from a Broadway play by Louis N. Parker. The original stage production of “Disraeli” also starred George Arliss and opened on Sep 18, 1911 at Wallack’s Theatre in New York and ran for 280 performances. It was revived in 1912, 1917 (again with George Arliss) and 1927. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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