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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Moon and Sixpence (1942) ... George Sanders ... VCI Home Video (2007)", May 15 2007
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J. Lovins "Mr. Jim" (Missouri-USA) - See all my reviews
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Ce commentaire est de: The Moon and Sixpence [Import] (DVD)
VCI Entertainment and United Artists present "THE MOON AND SIXPENCE" (1942) (89 mins/B&W/Color) (Dolby digitally remastered) --- Starring George Sanders, Herbert Marshall, Doris Dudley and Steven Geray --- Directed by Albert Lewin and released in October 27, 1942, our story line and film, While the beginning of this film is a bit slow, soon we are treated to a simple but effective treatment of this extraordinary story ... as the Gauguin-like painter Charles Strickland, played by George Sanders actually does a bit more than play his 'typical cad', but relishes his character's poking fun at a hypocritical society, and shows real passion in describing to the Maugham-like figure exactly WHY he leaves his ordinary London existence --- We absolutely believe him when he insists "I HAVE TO PAINT". Wisely, the director doesn't let us see any of Strickland's canvases, and we are only limited by our own imaginations as to how powerful they must be --- The story alone is worth viewing, a person abandoning their family in order to follow one's dream, is compelling enough ... Sander's performance as well as Herbert Marshall as Somerset Maughm are both first rate --- No one could have done a finer job at playing the tortured cad then Sanders --- Herbert Marshall once again plays Maugham, as he did in "The Razor's Edge" (1946) --- Sanders has a field day playing an absolute cad, who cares for no one but himself as he deserts wife, family and career to paint ... a slightly fictionalized biography of Paul Gauguin --- Great score by Dimitri Tiomkin as usual ... Remember when Mr. Sanders won an Oscar for playing another cad, the rascal theater critic in "All About Eve" (1950) --- One of my favorite lines in that movie is when he replies to a very beautiful young starlet(Marilyn Monroe) who he has accompanied to a dinner party saying "You have a point. An idiotic one, but a point none the less" --- That was the true character of Mr. George Sanders.

Under Albert Lewin (Director / Screenwriter), David L. Loew (Producer), W. Somerset Maugham (Short Story Author), John F. Seitz (Cinematographer), Dimitri Tiomkin (Composer (Music Score), Richard Van Enger (Editor), Gordon Wiles (Production Designer), F. Paul Sylos (Art Director), Paul F. Sylos (Art Director), Stanley Kramer (Associate Producer), Farrell Redd (Sound/Sound Designer), Ern Westmore (Makeup) - - - - the cast includes George Sanders (Charles Strickland), Herbert Marshall (Geoffrey Wolfe), Doris Dudley (Blanche Stroeve), Steven Geray (Dirk Stroeve), Eric Blore (Capt. Nichols), Florence Bates (Tiara Johnson), Irene Tedrow (Mrs. MacAndrew), Heather Thatcher (Rose Waterford), Elena Verdugo (Ata), Albert Basserman (Doctor Coutras), Molly Lamont (Mrs. Strickland),Robert Greig (Maitland, Butler), Kenneth Hunter (Col. MacAndrew) ... featuring top performances from the '40s and '50s with outstanding drama and screenplays, along with a wonderful cast and supporting actors to bring it all together ... another winner from the vaults of almost forgotten gems

SPECIAL FEATURES BIOS:

1. George Sanders

Date of Birth: 3 July 1906 - St. Petersburg, Russia

Date of Death: 25 April 1972 - Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain

Special footnote, actor George Sanders made his British film debut in 1934 and after a series of British films made his American debut in 1936 with a role in Lloyd's of London --- His British accent and sensibilities, combined with his suave, snobbish and somewhat menacing air were utilised in American films during the next decade --- He played memorable supporting roles in prestige productions such as "Rebecca" (1940), in which he goaded the sinister Judith Anderson as Mrs Danvers, in her persecution of Joan Fontaine and he played leading roles in lesser pictures such as "Rage in Heaven" (1941) --- During this time he was also the lead in both "The Falcon" and "The Saint" film series. He played Lord Henry Wotton in a film version of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945) --- Sanders co-starred with Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison in the classic "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947) --- He gave his most widely recognised performance and achieved his greatest success as the acid-tongued, manipulative, cold-blooded theatre critic Addison DeWitt in "All About Eve" (1950), winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this role ... (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

2. Herbert Marshall

Date of Birth: 23 May 1890 - London, England, UK

Date of Death: 22 January 1966 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

3. Albert Lewin (Director)

Date of Birth: 29 July 1916 - Unknown

Date of Death: 23 April 1996 - Los Angeles, California

BONUS:

1. Photo Gallery

TRAILERS:

2. And Then There Were None

3. The Southerner

4. Cyrano de Bergerac

5. Hannibal

6. Robinson Crusoe

FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS:

7. Contains two versions: The original theatrical verison with tinted and full color scenes as well as the black & white version.

Hats off and thanks to Les Adams (collector/guideslines for character identification), Chuck Anderson (Webmaster: The Old Corral/B-Westerns.Com), Boyd Magers (Western Clippings), Bobby J. Copeland (author of "Trail Talk"), Rhonda Lemons (Empire Publishing Inc), Bob Nareau (author of "The Real Bob Steele") and Trevor Scott (Down Under Com) as they have rekindled my interest once again for Film Noir, B-Westerns and Serials --- looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage serial era of the '20s, '30s & '40s and B-Westerns ... order your copy now from Amazon where there are plenty of copies available on DVD, stay tuned once again for top notch action mixed with deadly adventure --- if you enjoyed this title, why not check out VCI Entertainment where they are experts in releasing B-Westerns and Serials --- all my heroes have been cowboys!

Total Time: 178 min on DVD ~ VCI Home Video #8482 ~ (5/29/2007)
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