90 Days of Oscar Nominees #54 – The Good Earth (1937)


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 54th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“Hunger makes men mad. ” – Ching

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – The life of a Chinese Peasant farmer and his wife as they go through the ups and downs together.

My Take on it – Sometimes a best selling book just doesn’t translate well enough to the screen.

This film is a perfect example of that because I’m sure that something got completely lost in this adaptation.

The book probably deals much better with expression thoughts of the characters and gives us even more reasons for their actions along the way.

Paul Muni and Luise Rainer are both quite good here in the title roles despite the fact that neither of them is Oriental yet they both conceivably play  the roles as if they were.

The story itself is quite boring and moves along super slow despite the fact that they need to tell us the story of these lives over many decades.

There are a few interesting scenes here (most notably the Locust scene) yet the majority of the film is quite a chore to get through.

Rainer won Best Actress for this role and in doing so became the very first person to win two consecutive Oscars in the same acting category.

Bottom Line – This isn’t a film that translates very well to the screen and is probably much more interesting as a novel.  Muni and Rainer are both actually convincing as Orientals despite both of them being so distant from that origin. The story moves along at a super slow pace and despite a few interesting scenes, most of it is quite boring to watch.  Rainer won Best Actress being the first person to win consecutive Oscars in the same acting category.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Special effects experts were unable to produce an authentic-looking locust plague. Just as they were about to abandon the scene, they received word that a real locust plague was taking place several states away. A camera crew was rushed to the scene to capture it on film. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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