Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Carrie's dreams of adventure in the big city are quickly squashed as she discovers all that awaits her there is a bleak life of grueling and poorly-paid factory work. That is, until a traveling salesman named Drouet steps into her life and changes her outlook...
Watched it to see what Wyler was doing at this time. Would have turned it off had not what Wyler was doing with his camera been so good, plus Miriam Hopkins, who I'll always watch, and Olivier, whose screen work I find usually forced, is excellent and natural here. Eddie Albert's pretty good too.
Also, enjoyed the depiction of class and style of the period. Felt bracingly pre-code in ways I wouldn't have expected. But the soapiness kept returning.
Turns out the real little of Drieser's novel was HURSTWOOD. Seems driven more by Hollywood code than artistic vision, but Olivier and Jones are always fun to watch.
Laurence Olivier and Jennifer Jones are quite awful in Carrie, completely lacking the romantic chemistry necessary to make their doomed romance meaningful. Neither gives a believable performance, so their meaty arcs amount to insignificant melodrama. I know Dreiser's "Sister Carrie" is considered a classic, but the story as told in this adaptation is pulpy, nonsensical, and has muddled themes on morality and class. The Oscar-nominated sets and costumes are sufficiently stylish.
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All the films from Histoire(s) du cinéma in order of first appearance. From the DVD website:
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