Cavalcade (1933)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1933.  Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by , continuity by , based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , , , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .   

Dull classist drama that managed to win Best Picture but hasn’t dated at all well, and neither have the performances. Based on the play by Noel Coward, the action follows an upstairs-downstairs romance between a rich society boy and a serving girl, and the cordial relationships between their families until the couple drowns on the Titanic (bummer). Diana Wynyard as the rich matron is so stiff and perenially British-theatrical (and in a way so is the film) as to induce tears of laughter more than sorrow.

Academy Awards:  Best Picture; Best Directing (Frank Lloyd); Best Art Direction
Nominations: Best Actress (Diana Wynyard)


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