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The Moon and Sixpence (1942)

Loosely inspired from Gauguin's life, the story of Charles Strickland, a middle-aged stockbrocker who abandons his middle-classed life, his family, his duties to start painting, what he has... See full summary »

Director:

Albert Lewin

Writers:

W. Somerset Maugham (novel), Albert Lewin
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Charles Strickland
Herbert Marshall ... Geoffrey Wolfe
Doris Dudley Doris Dudley ... Blanche Stroeve
Eric Blore ... Capt. Nichols
Albert Bassermann ... Dr. Coutras
Florence Bates ... Tiare Johnson
Steven Geray ... Dirk Stroeve (as Steve Geray)
Elena Verdugo ... Ata
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Loosely inspired from Gauguin's life, the story of Charles Strickland, a middle-aged stockbrocker who abandons his middle-classed life, his family, his duties to start painting, what he has always wanted to do. He is from now on a awful human being, wholly devoted to his ideal: beauty. Written by Yepok

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"Women are strange little beasts - you can treat them like dogs, beat them till your arms ache and still they love you." says Charles Strickland See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Besessene von Tahiti See more »

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Budget:

$401,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (gold tint) (reels 6-10)| Black and White (Sepiatone) (reels 1-5)| Color (Technicolor) (some sequences) (last reel)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

George Sanders, Herbert Marshall and Albert Bassermann also acted together in Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a tinted and a color sequence toward the end of the film, both of which have recently been restored, but for many years this film was seen only in black-and-white. See more »

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Version of BBC Play of the Month: The Moon and Sixpence (1967) See more »

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The Aesthetic of Albert Lewin
29 January 2011 | by d_anastSee all my reviews

A creator of such intellect as Albert Lewin, the director/adapter of The Moon & Sixpence, rarely had the opportunity in classic period Hollywood to showcase such a unique talent as he had and we are fortunate to have had him. There were only a handful like him that beat the odds and actually were allowed to produce true art instead of common trash -- Sternberg, Ulmer, Sturges come to mind -- and in many ways Lewin stood apart because he worked the system without challenging the former tailors and junk dealers that ran Hollywood. He made a quartet of films that express his unique style magnificently. These are, in order: The Moon & Sixpence, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Private Affairs of Bel Ami and Pandora And The Flying Dutchman. The common threads are stateliness, pacing and intelligence, with literate dialogue that has a sophistication that belies the commercialism of the time. His lead of choice was George Sanders, who was perfectly cast in the first three titles as a symbol of an age. The Moon and Sixpence is the first of this quartet and showcases what a small budget but superior talent can create. Each film was an improvement on its predecessor, and I recommend that those out there interested in stylized film follow Lewin's work chronologically to observe the course of aesthetic refinement, beginning with The Moon & Sixpence.


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