Madame X (1929)

“It isn’t necessary that he love again. We seldom marry those we love and we frequently learn to love those with whom we marry” – Doctor

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A woman shamed due to having an affair, meets her husband and son twenty years later and tries to hide her identity due to the shame of what she has done.

My Take on it –This is another movie that I had never even heard of before seeing that Lionel Barrymore was nominated for an Oscar for his work here as the Director.

This film actually has an intriguing premise but the way that the film is presented just doesn’t feel as impactful as one would hope this kind of story would have.

Due to the time period that this was made in, things are kept quite tame and it lack a much needed feeling of being griping based on what the story is trying to evoke from the viewers.

The way that they have a main character who is shamed by what she has done in the past and does all she can to conceal her own identity because of that works quite well especially since they allow the viewer to know valuable information that most of the characters are completely unaware of the entire time.

Bottom Line – Film with a intriguing premise that just doesn’t seem to feel as impactful as one would hope such an idea should have. The way things are portrayed here is a bit too tame and the story isn’t able to be as gripping as it should probably be. The idea of characters feelings shameful of their actions works well especially given that the audience is allowed to know many of the circumstances described even if some of the other characters remain in the dark.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – No music is heard under the opening or closing credits of Madame X, which was the result of a short-lived practice in which studios expected the local theater musicians to provide live accompaniment to the opening credits of sound films. Keyboardists and orchestras were still working in the theaters in the late 1920s providing music for silent films still in distribution. Live music was a way to make the screening more of a special event and not a purely “canned” presentation. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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