Anita Louise – The Story of Louis Pasteur
My Overall Thoughts:
In this award’s inaugural year, they chose 5 very worthy nominees even if two were slightly better than the rest.
5. Maria Ouspenskaya
4. Beulah Bondi
3. Alice Brady
2. Gale Sondergaard
1. Bonita Granville
5. Anthony Adverse – Interesting story that probably works much better as a novel than it does as an adaptation to the screen. The way that they story is presented comes across as slightly choppy and doesn’t flow as well as it probably should. March and De Havilland are both quite good here and we can feel their character’s pain along the way. Not as bad as it is claimed to be and it’s shocking that this has such a low score on Rotten Tomatoes.
4. The Gorgeous Hussy – Very intriguing story about the influences of politicians and those who end up influencing them. Crawford does a great job in the lead role and her performance comes across as being quite believable throughout. Barrymore is superb here as the Senator and future President Andrew Jackson as he must deflect many attacks from various angles over the course of his years in politics. The story gets a bit too soap operapy along the way which makes parts a little more difficult to get through, but overall things still work throughout. Bondi was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the award’s inaugural year as Jackson’s wife, Rachel.
3. Dodsworth – Huston is really great here because we can feel both his yearning to return to his busy old life yet also explore the freedom that one has when retired. His wife has the opposite opinions and is more concerned with exploring the world she didn’t know as a millionaires wife in a small town in middle America. The themes discussed here are still relevant 80 years later because it begs to ask the question of what people really want in life and whether they are even aware themselves of their own desires.
2. These Three – Great adaptation of this story even though it needed to change the story due to the censors and Hayes Code of the time. The effect is still there even if it’s a bit less impactful for those who know what the story should be about. The cast is great and Hopkins, Oberon and McCrea are all great together and make us believe the chemistry between them through thick and thin. Granville does a great job as the student who accuses her teachers and desrevingly was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the award’s inaugural year. The message in the film is quite clear and works extremely well even in the era of censorship.
1. My Man Godfrey – Great and fun story that manages to show how the Depression affected some more parts of society more severely than others. The way that the story plays out works really well and stays humorous the entire time. The chemistry between Powell and (his ex-wife) Lombard is great onscreen and they are able to give us such a great screwball comedy feeling throughout the film. This film is a great parable for the difference in classes in society and how its possible to try and break through such seemingly insurmountable barriers. Both Powell and Lombard were nominated for Oscars for this film as were Auer and Brady, but none managed to win.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! GS was quite good in AA and was a deserving winner even if BG did a much better job this year
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!