Production Company: Fox Film Corporation
Distributor: Fox Film Corporation
Top Billed Actors: Diana Wynyrd, Clive Brook, Una O'Connor
IMDb Rating: 6.1
*Best Picture Nominee*
Won 3 Oscars:
Best Director - Frank Lloyd
Best Art Direction - William S. Darling
Nominated for 1 more:
Best Actress - Diana Wynyrd
Plot: The lives and deaths of a couple of Brits.
This movie isn't all lost though. Watching a family grow up over the course of thirty two years is fascinating. It is interesting to see historical moments portrayed throughout the story. From the war in South Africa to the first World War to simply New Years Eve of 1933, the viewer gets to see how time changes people and the world around us. The production quality is excellent and it shows why this won Best Art Direction. The costume and makeup is superb as the lead actors age thirty years before our eyes. The story wraps up nicely too, as we see New Years Eve for 1900 book-ended with New Years Eve of 1933. With all of the sorrowful things that occur in the picture, it is nice to have this closure.
The closure isn't enough to save some of the downfalls that happen before the conclusion. The acting can be rigid at times. Diana Wynyrd and Clive Brook are alright, but the supporting cast are either annoying or boring. The child actors and extremely British characters were cringe-worthy and the grown up children were rather dull. Also, the shifting of the point of view in the story, from the wealthy family to their servants' lives, gave the narrative a lack of focus. The extended music numbers are good in theory, but they were, well, extended. This movie could have been edited just a tad better to stay a little more on point.
Overall, a fascinating Frank Lloyd piece with beautiful set designs goes through time and shows just how much the twentieth century progressed. Shoddy editing and sub-par acting holds it back.
My Score: 6/10