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Madame Curie

4.7 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews

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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: NR
Release Date: 30-JAN-2007
Media Type: DVD

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Based on the book by Ève Curie, Madame Curie is a tender tribute to the two-time Nobel Prize winner (and first female recipient). Narrated by screenwriter James Hilton (Mrs. Miniver), the biopic begins in the 1890s while Marie Sklodowska (Oscar winner Greer Garson, Mrs. Miniver) is enrolled at the Sorbonne. She's a poor Polish exchange student with a passion for physics and chemistry. When he finds out about her precarious financial situation, a professor recommends her for a position with the "nervous and impatient" Dr. Pierre Curie (Walter Pidgeon, Garson's Miniver co-star) and his assistant David (Robert Walker, Strangers on a Train). Curie believes that "women and science are incompatible." Marie, who will graduate at the top of her class, quickly proves him wrong. Just as quickly, he falls in love with her and introduces her to his parents (Henry Travers and Dame May Whitty). An engagement leads to a wedding, which leads to a partnership, which leads to the discovery of radium. Tragedy will eventually divide the couple, but Marie refuses to let their work die. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy (Little Women), Madame Curie may be heavier on the romance than the science, but charm is in abundant supply. With her regal bearing and breathy British accent, Garson isn't the most obvious choice for the famed physicist, but she effectively conveys the "stubborn, eager" woman's fervor for her field—-and for her husband. Margaret O'Brien (Meet Me in St. Louis) co-stars as future Nobel laureate Irene Curie. -- Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features

  • 1937 Oscar-nominated Pete Smith Specialty MGM short: "Romance of Radium"
  • Greer Garson Trailer Gallery: Goodbye Mr. Chips '39, Madame Curie, Mrs. Miniver, Pride and Prejudice, Random Harvest

Product Details

  • Actors: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers, Albert Bassermann, Robert Walker
  • Directors: Albert Lewin, Jacques Tourneur, Mervyn LeRoy
  • Writers: Aldous Huxley, Hans Rameau, N. Gayle Gitterman, Paul Osborn, Richard Goldstone
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JN9G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,039 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Madame Curie" on IMDb

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By A Customer on July 20, 2001
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Greer Garson does an excellent job playing the role of twice Nobel Prize Winner, Marie Curie. Walter Pidgeon partners with her character as Pierre Curie. Based on the book by the Curies' daughter, the movie is a scientific masterpiece. I was amazed at the detail provided of their investigations of the new element. The coverage of their family life makes the movie a careful balance into personal lives and work. A great teaching tool for any teenager interested in science, especially a young woman.
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I thought this might only interest science enthusiasts or real film buffs, but the acting and chemistry between Greer Garson (Mrs. Miniver) and Walter Pidgeon (Forbidden Planet) really make science romantic. There are other stars in the supporting cast, and they all do a great job bringing this slice of science history to life, including Robert Walker (Strangers on a Train), Van Johnson (30 Seconds Over Tokyo), Henry Travers (It's A Wonderful Life), C.Aubrey Smith (Beyond Tomorrow, Five Came Back), and Margaret O'Brien (Meet Me In St. Louis). My favorite movies of this type are Edison The Man with Spencer Tracy, and Young Tom Edison with Mickey Rooney; but the sheer quantity of raw talent makes Madame Curie just as good as those favorites.
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Greer Garson, a well-educated and highly intelligent person in her own right, studied long and meticulously to become thoroughly familiar with the laboratory appartus and experimental processes. I think it shows in the film. I am also quite sure she could have produced a fine Polish accent, but I think studios at that time weren't necessarily interested in that. Another fine performance from the great Greer Garson. Worth every penny and every second.
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"Madame Currie" finally comes to us on DVD after a slow trickle of Greer Garson's films of the early forties, when she was one of the biggest stars on the MGM lot. Sure this film has flaws, but if you want pure facts, read a history book on the subject. Those of us familiar with MGM's grand treatment of this kind of biographical picture expect the melodrama, the lush costumes and scenery and all that entails. But we do get a glorious Greer Garson performance, an Oscar nominated portrait of a strong, intelligent and caring woman.

Miss Garson had an amazing string of five consecutive Best Actess nominations from 1941 through 1945. While other deserving actresses get the grand "box set" treatments (Davis, Crawford, Garbo, etc.), it's a shame the powers that be haven't honored Miss Garson with the same respect. Yes, we're happy we've finally gotten "Random Harvest," "Mrs. Miniver" and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" on DVD, and recently "Pride and Prejudice," but we still hope and patiently wait for those other great early forties Oscar nominated films to be released on DVD: "Blossoms in the Dust," "Mrs. Parkington" and "The Valley of Descion" from '41, '44 and '45, respectively. One would hope that all the many Greer Garson fans can create enough groundswell support for this great actress to have all these great films eventually released on DVD. She deserves the treatment she earned: that of a true star and legend, as well as being one of the best actresses in the business.
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This is one of the best videos showing the life of Marie Curie. Although it is in black and white, my students don't get too bored.
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This MGM-produced biography of French scientist Marie Curie is produced with the usual studio gloss. Film drags at times and presumambly plays fast and loose with the facts, but still worth a look, especially for great teaming of Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon, who has some of his best moments here; his proposal scene is classic.
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This movie is more like a documentary than the average movie that features such stars as Greer Garson. It portrays the working life of scientist Marie Curie and succeeds in showing the challenges she faced as a woman as well as a scientist during a time in history when science required hard physical labor. Ms.Curie's years long search for the source of radium, working with her devoted husband inside a drafty, leaky old building (because she was a woman this is the best "laboratory" space the school was willing to give her) is truly inspiring. We see her fulfill her responsibilities as a college professor, wife, and mother of two while carrying on her experiments in the face of repeated failures. Her health begins to suffer after years of lack of proper sleep and exposure to radiation and still she presses on, never giving in or giving up. It is so gratifying to see her finally accomplish her goal. The movie is also something of a love story between Madame Curie and her scientist husband who is by her side throughout her work, helping and supporting her every step of the way. I suppose the whole thing is a bit corny as many of these older movies are. But it's a very very good movie--well written and well executed. It tells a terrific story of one of history's best and brightest people.
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If you are either a fan of historical science biographies or another pairing of Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in films than this movie is the "cure". The only other male/female multiple pairing over the years that rivals this pair would be Powell and Loy. Thats great company to be in.
It is not their best film together (that would be Mrs.Miniver) but it is a very fine performance for both in this genre. IT CERTAINLY DOES NOT COMPARE TO SOME OF THE TRULY GREAT BIOPICS EPICS LIKE BRAVEHEART but has its own charm . Just the reuniting of this pair should draw your attention as these actors are bread and butter. They work so well together. The bonus is the subject matter which was one of the great and tedious discoveries that changed the face of chemistry and physics.
The story concentrates on their (The Curies) meeting , early married years which led to the collaboration in the discovery of radium and the acceptance of a woman as scientist to be taken seriously.
Madame Curie(married name) was a brilliant polish student placed in the lab of male scientist who did not take women seriously as both qualified scholars and potential romantic interest. Mr.Pidgeon is very convincing in his fear of this new threat to his manhood and scientific station at the University from this new intrusion in his life. These scenes play well on the screen and are fun to watch. Acceptance of this woman who has intruded in his comfortable life is finally acceptable to him as he is so impressed with her academic skills.Their permanent coupling follows so quickly with true love and admiration for each other (Only in the movies). They both work for years at their proving her discovery . She is finally given the credit due her with the help of her devoted husband.
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