Cavalcade' DVD, Diana Wynyard (1933), New & Sealed
The only Academy Award winning picture for Fox Studios (in its pre-20th Century-Fox era), Cavalcade is a stately film adaptation of the pageant-like stage hit by Noel Coward. The film concentrates on the years 1901 through 1933, as seen through the eyes of an upper-class British family and its servants. Clive Brook and Diana Wynyard portray the 'upstairs' Marryots, while Herbert Mundin and Una O'Connor represent the 'downstairs' Bridges (the incidents and characterizations in Cavalcade are very, very close to those seen in the popular 1970s BBC series Upstairs, Downstairs). The triumphs and tragedies of both masters and servants are placed in context with the death of Queen Victoria, the Boer War, World War I, the Jazz Age, and the Depression. Both classes have their troubles with their children, what with their offsprings' predilection for opposing authority, marrying the wrong people, and dying at the least opportune moments. The film's highlight was also the most talked-about scene in the original play: newlyweds Edward Marryot (John Warburton) and Edith Harris (Margaret Lindsay), discussing their future while on their honeymoon cruise, reveal at the scene's fadeout that they've been standing in front of a life preserver bearing the name 'TITANIC'.
Director: Frank Lloyd
Diana Wynyard - Jane Marryot
Clive Brook - Robert Marryot
Una O'Connor - Ellen Bridges
Herbert Mundin - Alfred Bridges
Beryl Mercer - Cook
Ursula Jeans - Fanny Bridges
Adele Crane - Ada
Harry Allen - Busker
Tom Ricketts - Waiter
John Rogers - Busker
Coding: All Region Code / PAL format
(please make sure your dvd player can play PAL format's dvd)
Video: 4:3 Fullscreen
Audio: Dolby Digital / AC-3 / 5.1 Surround Sound
Languages: English / Chinese
Subtitles: Chinese (All Removable)
Runtime: 110 Mins.
Colour: Black & White
by Joyce Yu
Date Added: 11/29/2009
This is a wonderful slice of life film about one family as they cope with the 20th century and all its upheaval. While the film came out long before WWII, it does focus a lot on the destruction and loss of WWI, as many of the characters you come to care about through the course of the film are killed. And, through it all, the survivors keep a stiff upper lip like a good Brit! The film features excellent acting, writing and action. All around, it is a top-quality film. However, while an excellent film and one that will tug at your heart, it is NOT as high a quality film as you would expect for the BEST PICTURE award it received. Excellent and worth seeing--absolutely. Oscar worthy--not really.
[4 of 5 Stars]
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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 14 June, 2008.