Academy Award - Best Picture Movie Review 

Movie Review – Best Years Of Our Lives, The

Principal Cast : Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Cathy O’Donnell, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Russell, Roman Bohnen, Gladys George, Ray Collins, Victor Cutler, Minna Gombell, Walter Baldwin, Steve Cochran, Dorothy Adams, Don Beddoe, Marlene Aames. Synopsis: Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. ***** Superlative cinematic storytelling from legendary director William Wyler in The Best Years Of Our Lives, the first film to win Best Picture following the end of World War II, which serves…

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Academy Award - Best Picture Movie Review 

Movie Review – Lost Weekend, The

Principal Cast : Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard Da Silva, Doris Dowling, Frank Faylen, Mary Young, Anita Sharp-Bolster, Lillian Fontaine, Frank Orth, Lewis L Russell. Synopsis: The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout. ***** The scourge of alcohol addiction is the prime motivator for 1945’s The Lost Weekend, directed by Hollywood legend Billy Wilder and featuring Ray Milland in a superb Oscar-winning Best Actor performance. Atmospheric, riveting, searing in its approach to the subject matter, and as honest an account of an enormous…

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Movie Review – Going My Way

Principal Cast : Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown, Gene Lockhart, Rise Stevens, Jean Heather, Porter Hall, Fortunio Bonanova, Eily Malyon, Stanley Clements, William Frawley, Carl “Alfalfa” Gibson. Synopsis: Father Charles O’Malley, a young priest at a financially failing Church in a tough neighbourhood, gains support and inspires his superior. ***** Few films have left me as ambivalent to Oscar’s Midas touch than this low-key Bing Crosby vehicle, a leisurely paced character piece that doesn’t hit the notes it so obviously wants to. The story of Going My Way is…

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Academy Award - Best Picture Movie Review 

Movie Review – Mrs Miniver

Principal Cast : Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, Dame May Whitty, Reginald Owen, Henry Travers, Richard Ney, Henry Wilcoxon, Christopher Severn, Brenda Forbes, Clare Sanders, Marie De Becker, Helmut Dantine. Synopsis: A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II. **** Omnipresent fear and implacable resolve is the order of the day for Mrs Miniver, William Wyler’s evocative World War II drama film where innocence lost caves in even the hardiest of British families. With Britain heading to war against Nazi Germany, the impact of the conflict…

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Movie Review – How Green Was My Valley

Director :  John Ford Year Of Release :   1941 Principal Cast : Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O’Hara, Donald Crisp, Roddy McDowall, Sara Allgood, Anna Lee, Patric Knowles, John Loger, Barry Fitzgerald, Rhys Williams, Morton Lowry, Arthur Shields, Richard Fraser, Irving Pichel. Approx Running Time :   118 Minutes Synopsis: At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life. ******** Sentimental to a fault, 1941’s How Green Was My Valley is perhaps most famous for winning Best Picture over…

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Academy Award - Best Picture Alfred Hitchcock Collection Movie Review 

Movie Review – Rebecca (1940)

Director :  Alfred Hitchcock Year Of Release :   1940 Principal Cast :  Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, Judith Anderson, George Sanders, Reginald Denny, Gladys Cooper, C Aubrey Smith, Nigel Bruce, Florence Bates, Edward Fielding, Melville Cooper, Leo G Carroll, Leonard Carey, Lumsden Hare. Approx Running Time :   125 Minutes Synopsis:  A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband’s dead first wife. ******** Rebecca is notable in almost innumerable ways, not the least it being Alfred Hitchcock’s first film following his move to America, and the first of his two Oscar-nominated…

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Academy Award - Best Picture Movie Review 

Movie Review – Gone With The Wind

Director :  Victor Fleming Year Of Release :   1939 Principal Cast :  Clarke Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O’Neil, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford, George Reeves, Fred Crane, Hattie McDaniel, Oscar Polk, Butterfly McQueen, Victor Jory, Everett Brown, Howard Hickman, Alicia Rhett, Rand Brooks, Carroll Nye, Laura Hope Crews, Eddie Anderson, Harry Davenport, Leona Roberts, Jane Darwell, Ona Munson. Approx Running Time :   4 Hours Synopsis:  A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods. ******** Few…

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Movie Review – You Can’t Take It With You

Director :  Frank Capra Year Of Release :   1938 Principal Cast :  Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold, Mischa Auer, Ann Miller, Spring Byington, Samuel S Hinds, Donald Meek, Mary Forbes, HB Warner, Halliwell Hobbes, Dub Taylor, Lillian Yarbo, Eddie Anderson, Clarence Wilson, Charles Lane, Ann Doran, Harry Davenport. Approx Running Time :   125 Minutes Synopsis:  A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family. ********** Class snobbery is the order of the day in Frank Capra’s 1938…

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Academy Award - Best Picture Movie Review 

Movie Review – Life Of Emile Zola, The

Director :   William Dieterle Year Of Release :   1937 Principal Cast :  Paul Muni, Gloria Holden, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut, Donald Crisp, Erin O’Brien-Moore, John Litel, Henry O’Neill, Morris Carnovsky, Louis Calhern, Ralph Morgan, Robert Barrat, Vladimir Sokoloff, Grant Mitchell, Harry Davenport, Robert Warwick, Charles Richman, Gilbert Emery, Walter Kingsford. Approx Running Time :  116 Synopsis:  The biopic of the famous French  writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfus Affair. ******** The Life Of Emile Zola is exactly the kind of film the Academy loves to award…

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Movie Review – Great Ziegfeld, The

Director :   Robert Z Leonard Year Of Release :   1936 Principal Cast :  William Powell, Myrma Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan, Fannie Brice, Virginia Bruce, Reginald Owen, Ray Bolger, Ernest Cossart, Mae Questel, Joseph Cawthorne, Nat Pendleton, Harriet Hoctor, Jean Chatburn, Herman Bing. Approx Running Time :   185 Minutes (Roadshow Version) Synopsis:  The ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., famed producer of extravagant stage revues, are portrayed. ********* The story of noted stage impresario Florenz “Flo” Ziegfeld, creator of the famous long-running theatre revue, “Ziegfeld Follies,” The Great Ziegfeld is an…

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