Bitter Sweet (1940)

W.S. VAN DYKE

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by , based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1940.  

If you can buy a late-thirties  as a lovestruck teenager than you will get no end of pleasure from this stilted but beautifully shot adaptation of Noel Coward’s musical play. MacDonald abandons a life of privilege and wealth, not to mention a pre-arranged suitor, in order to live with violinist in abject poverty. Both stars perform each song with thrilling devotion, but the emotional element fails to really fly.

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