Moon and Sixspence-Special Edition

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Loosely inspired from the life of French painter Paul Gauguin, Charles Strickland (George Sanders), a middle-aged London stockbroker who abandons all responsibility to become an artist. Strickland pursues his dream to the extent of leaving his family, betraying his friends and associates, and living a life of unending hedonism in Tahiti. Undeniably brilliant as a painter, Strickland is also a good-for-nothing, until he is forced to confront himself on the threshold of death. Herbert Marshall plays Geoffrey Wolfe, who narrates the story as he attempts to make some sense of Strickland's creative ways.

Specifications

Studio VCI Video
SKU 204387413
UPC 089859848223
UPC 14 00089859848223
Format DVD
Release Date 5/29/2007
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Actors
Name Sanders,George
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Cast & Crew
Albert Lewin - Director
Albert Lewin - Screenplay
David L. Loew - Producer
Dimitri Tiomkin - Original Music By
Doris Dudley - Actor
Eric Blore - Actor
Frank Paul Sylos - Art Director
George Sanders - Actor
Gordon Wiles - Production Designer
Herbert Marshall - Actor
John F. Seitz - Cinematographer
Richard L. Van Enger - Editor
Stanley Kramer - Producer
W. Somerset Maugham - Based On Novel By
Awards
Nominee (1944) Oscar, Dimitri Tiomkin, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
Reviews
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Review Lewin does many things exactly right: we never see Strickland's paintings until the end of the film and have only the reactions of others to judge them by. The use of the book's narration and second-hand witnesses plays well enough, and George Sanders is excellent as the Strickland we see and hear. Sanders was quick to specialize in aloof and frequently villainous characters, haughty sophisticates quick to chill a room with a sneer or an insult. Lewin uses Sanders' cool disdain to keep him emotionally distant. We spend most of the movie disapproving of everything Strickland does, and waiting for him to get his comeuppance...The Moon and Sixpence begins and ends with moralizing text scrolls, perhaps indicating that the Breen censorship office was alerted to the film's inconclusive attitude. The text provides a condemnation for Strickland that the film itself doesn't offer.
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Reviewer Glenn Erickson
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Sanders,George
Label United Home
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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Diane Wild, DVD Verdict The writer/director and cast have done fine work...

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