(out of 5)

Powerful and impressively mounted film biography of the famous Mexican revolutionary Benito Juarez (, a mainstay of Warner Bros. film biographies at the time).  Juarez fights for the freedom of the less fortunate in the country when Emperor Maximilian () and his wife Carlotta () arrive. Trying to appease both Juarez and his supporters, Maximilian fails, and even though Carlotta travels to France to plead with Napoleon not to withdraw his country’s support from Maximilian after Abraham Lincoln has encouraged him to do so, the French emperor turns her down. This respectable dramatic film benefits from the impassioned performances of its leads (especially Davis doing well in a second-fiddle role) and gorgeous period detail.

Warner Bros.

USA, 1939

Directed by

Screenplay by , , , based on the play by , and the novel The Phantom Crown by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Warren Low

Academy Awards 1939

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