90 Days of Oscar Nominees #14 – The Divorcee (1930)


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 14th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“Really? I’ve heard of platonic love, but I didn’t know there was such a thing as platonic jewelry.” – Jerry

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Dec 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A woman being pursued by two men must decide what to do when she realizes that she must chose between them.

My Take on it – This film once again was able to shatter my ideas about themes of the movies made during the early days of cinema.

I have always been of the impression that films of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s were quite “pure” and “innocent” not filled with risque or scandalous storylines.

Boy was I worng.

The truth is, just because a film is in black and white, doesn’t mean that the people who wrote it, directed it and starred in it weren’t normal people just like the rest of us nowadays.

The Hayes Codes changed what was allowed onscreen, but films prior to that allowed so much more to be said.

Norma Shearer shines here in the lead and was able to win one of the very first Oscars for Best Actress for this role because we can see how much she is tormented by all that she must endure while constantly being forced to make life changing decisions about what to do.

The balance that shows other characters with similar kinds of decisions acting hypocritical really helps emphasize how hard it must be for her since she is surrounded by others without such decisions of conscious.

Bottom Line – Definitely deals with some very risque situations that I wouldn’t have suspected would be film back during the early days of film. Shearer does a wonderful job in the lead as a woman constantly torn by the decisions she must make in life over and over. She deservingly won an Oscar for Best Actress for this role because we can really feel who internal struggles even when those around her act hypocritical when faced with similar situations.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Prior to this film, Norma Shearer had primarily played very “proper,” ladylike roles. She was eager to change her image and do parts that were more sensuous, so she launched a campaign to get the part of Jerry. MGM producers were skeptical – none more so than Irving Thalberg, who was also Shearer’s husband. To convince him that she could handle a more “sexy” role, Shearer did a photo shoot with her posing provocatively in lingerie, and after seeing the pictures, Thalberg agreed to cast her. The decision paid off, as Shearer won Best Actress at the Academy Awards that year. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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