August 4th, 2020

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Movie Critique – Sadie Thompson

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: A story of a scarlet woman on a road to new life encounters love, hurdles and eventually finds her happy place. Silent film makes it all the more effective with only music in the background and title cards and expressions on face. Beautifully made. 

Sadie Thompson is a 1928 American silent drama film starring Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore and Raoul Walsh. Gloria Swanson also Produced it which was Directed by Raoul Walsh. The film tells a tale about a fallen woman who is attempting to start a new life in a new place. It is based on the 1921 short story Miss Thompson by W. Somerset Maugham and the 1922 play Rain, by John Colton and Clemence Randolph also based on the short story.

This is one of the successful films for Swanson, both financially and critically, even though it deemed a lot of controversy due to the plot line. The only silent, independent film of Swanson that was commercially success. However, she couldn’t reap the profits as she had sold her rights to the movie before it became a success. 

Sadie Thompson (portrayed by Gloria Swanson) is a young prostitute who runs away to Pago Pago in American Samoa, to start a new life. She falls in love with Sergeant Timothy "Tim" O'Hara (portrayed by Raoul Walsh). However missionary couple Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Davidson (portrayed by Lionel Barrymore and Blanche Friderici) hinder her path in the name of redemption. 

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Movie Critique – The Breaking Point

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: Exceptional adaptation of Hemingway's novel bringing out the best not only in the acting capabilities but also evoking emotions from them making them live their characters. A gripping drama with all the elements of a film noir, definitely deserves a watch.

The Breaking Point is a 1950 American film noir crime drama directed by Michael Curtiz. Starring John Garfield, Patricia Neal and Phyllis Thaxter, this is the second film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's 1937 novel To Have and Have Not.

Harry Morgan (portrayed by John Garfield) is the captain of a small fishing boat with his marriage on rocks and business on the slide. He makes an illegal deal with a shady lawyer, Duncan (portrayed by Wallace Ford), to aid his financial troubles. But the troubles only mount for Morgan, adding more fissure between him and his wife, Lucy (portrayed by Phyliis Thaxter), and increasing his waywardness towards Leona Charles (portrayed by Patricia Neal), and a path down to murder and deceit. 

The prior adaptation to this film was the 1944 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, was titled the same as the novel; and directed by Howard Hawks. Hawks had boasted five years prior to Hemingway that his worst novel, To Have and Have Not, could be converted to a decent movie. A 19 yr old Lauren Bacall was introduced to movie goers with this film.

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