“You see, we forlorn middle-aged people come in two varieties. The ones who never care, and the ones who care much too much. The others – the wise ones, are hard to compromise. They’re very happy with their second wife or third husband or someone.” – Lord Desham
Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Dec 2019)
Brief Synopsis – After having a baby under scandalous circumstances, a woman follows the path of her son from a distance always wondering whether he will ever know who she is.
My Take on it – This is yet another movie that I had never heard of before coming across it in my quest to watch all movies that have received Oscar nominations for its actors.
I have seen numerous films over the years starring Olivia De Havilland but in this film she is able to really capture the attention of the viewer because she plays this character in such a powerful way.
It’s quite easy to sympathize with everything that she must endure and she was quite deserving of her Oscar win for Best Actress for her work here in this very powerful role.
The story is told almost entirely in flashback and despite the fact that the story jumps around in time, things are presented in quite an impactful way.
The pacing of the story is done really well and the message is always apparent and poignant throughout.
The film dos a great job of debating the notion of nature vs nurture as this character does her best to be the best mother even from afar.
The decisions she is required to make due to the perspective of that time on single mothers is not an easy one for her to face, yet she still does her best with hat she is given.
Bottom Line – De Havilland does a wonderful job in the lead role and plays her character in a pretty powerful way. The way that the story jumps around in time helps make things even more impactful due to the way that the flashbacks are presented. The story moves along at a great pace and the message is told in a very poignant way. The film debates the issue of nurture vs. nature as this character tries to find a way to be the best mother she can be despite the various problems with being a single mother in that day and age and the different problems that she faces. She was a very deserving winner for an Oscar for Best Actress for this powerful and poignant performance. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ginger Rogers wrote that Leland Hayward first offered her the role of Josephine Norris. Rogers read the script and asked herself if she wanted to play the mother of a twenty-year-old man who is preparing to go off to war. She turned down the role and later regretted it when Olivia de Havilland won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Rogers also turned down The Snake Pit (1948), which Olivia also accepted and was nominated for another Oscar. Rogers wrote: “It seemed Olivia knew a good thing when she saw it. Perhaps Olivia should thank me for such poor judgment”. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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