81 Days With Oscar And Me

Every Academy Award-Winning Movie, Back to Back, Starting With the First

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How Green Was My Valley

September 2nd, 2009 · No Comments · 1941, Adaptation, Black and White, Composer: Alfred Newman, Donald Crisp, Drama, Earl Hamner Jr., Fox Film Corporation, How Green Was My Valley, John Ford, Left-Leaning Politics, Roddy McDowell

How Green Was My Valley opens with a first-person, voice-over narrator describing the beauty and bounty of his childhood home, a verdant valley in South Wales in a poor, turn-of-the-century coal-mining town.
In the movie, the narrator is represented by Huw, a very young Roddy McDowell, another of my favorite character actors. I fondly remember [...]

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Life of Emile Zola, The

August 29th, 2009 · No Comments · 1937, Adaptation, Biopic, Black and White, Composer: Max Steiner, Donald Crisp, Drama, Left-Leaning Politics, Life of Emile Zola, Paul Muni, Warner Bros. Pictures

I approached this movie with three primary questions at the forefront of my mind:
1. Who was Emile Zola?
2. Who was Paul Muni?
3. What is this movie about?
To the first, I turn to an entry on Wikipedia:
Émile François Zola (2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) was an influential French writer, the most important [...]

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Mutiny On the Bounty

August 27th, 2009 · No Comments · 1935, Adaptation, Black and White, Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Composer: Herbert Stothart, Donald Crisp, Drama, Frank Lloyd, Herbert Mundin, M-G-M Studios, Mutiny On the Bounty

Arrr, Matey!
Here I sit, tankard (well, glass…but it’s a big glass) of Newcastle Brown Ale in hand, biting off hunks of cheese, and imagining there’s a chatty parrot on my shoulder to which I offer crackers.
If only I had a CD from the folk-metal band Alestorm (“Scottish Pirate Metal”) playing in the background I’d [...]

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