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Dodsworth (1936)

US 101m, B&W
Director: William Wyler; Cast: Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, Paul Lukas, Mary Astor

dodsworthDodsworth is the bittersweet story of a rich middle-aged industrialist and his younger wife who has convinced her husband to live a little by selling his automobile factory and taking her abroad. Their differing experiences provide the basis for their eventual estrangement, as well as a comparison of American and European cultures, lifestyles and attitudes. Somewhat of a soap opera, this is a drama that also explores marital expectations and social expectations, albeit those of a privileged class whose problems would seem trivial by the average film goers of the day (Klaus Ming April 2013).

8 comments on “Dodsworth (1936)

  1. Joachim Boaz
    04/29/2013

    Love the screenshot…. 🙂

    • Klaus
      04/30/2013

      Definitely some nice photography in this one!

  2. Tsorensen
    04/30/2013

    I loved this film. The idiot wife and the husband who loves her, but gradually get to know her and realize that he must live his own life instead of being the fallback sucker to save her when her frivolous love life sours. Oh, those rich people and their problems…

    • Klaus
      04/30/2013

      Despite the fact that this was such a well-made and well-acted production, I had a tough time liking this one – largely for the same reason: the sucker of a husband.

  3. nicolaskrizan
    05/01/2013

    It might be due to low expectations, but I was positively surprised. Partly refreshing and partly stuffy, though rather unusual in both subject matter and treatment.

    http://beyond1001movies.wordpress.com/2010/05/11/626/

    • Klaus
      05/02/2013

      That’s a good way to put it “partly refreshing and partly stuffy”. I also think for audiences of the 1930s – it may well have even been a bit scandalous.

  4. Chris, a librarian
    05/06/2013

    I really enjoyed the Walter Huston and Ruth Chatterton characters. Need to read more Sinclair Lewis…

  5. Klaus
    05/06/2013

    I may need to re-watch (I think I may be missing something)

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