The Moon and Sixpence
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I first read the book many years ago and fell in love with it. Then I fell in love with the work of Paul Gaugin of whom the book is a fictional biography. Yeah, yeah, there's the romanticism involved, i.e., a curator told me Gaugin apparently died of syphillus (though I'd read before that he died of heart failure). But Charles Strickland/Paul Gaugin represent the height of individualism: leave the comfortable behind for the unknown even though you don't know exactly what you're pursuing.
George Sanders, with whom I wasn't familiar, played Strickland. I thought he portrayed the role very well. He even laughed at the right places! (And, interestingly, Sanders seemed to have a little of the Strickland/Gaugin in his heart, if you read of his suicide. But I'll let you do that yourself.).
Herbert Marshall played Geoffery Wolfe, the Maughm-like character. I recognized him because he played Maughm in the 1946 production of "The Razor's Edge," another stellar Maugham novel.
The other characters were cast well for the roles described in the novel, especially Steven Geray as Dirk Strove--as accurate as any casting director could have been with Strove's description in the book.
Of course, there is only so much one can do with a film, and the novel is invariably better than the movie that way, but this one impressed me.
There are two versions of the film on the DVD, one as released in the theatre, and the other black and white. If you're anticipating a colorized version of the B&W print, you'll be disappointed. The theatrical release wasn't "color" like I would expect it today. But had it been, I wouldn't have been interested in it. (And I may yet watch the B&W.Read more ›
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A dazzling silver screen adaptation of one of my all time favorite books. A must have for Maugham collectors.Published on July 18, 2014 by PB Kolleri
two of my favorites! For classic movie fans; this movie is a total must. If you like George Sanders and his accent and looks; and being a total jerk! Which he was so great at! Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Kel Michaels Mantell
Overall, the print quality is good although it could use some restoration. Everything seems fine, then you come to what seems like the inevitable splice during dialogue which... Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by larryj1
Too bad the TV version starring Larry O. is not available on DVD for comparison/contrast of the scripts. But if memory serves . . . Read morePublished on November 4, 2012 by Jim Richardson
What a mess of a film. For the first hour or so we learn that that the painter was an amoral scoundrel, leaving his family and others because he wants to be alone and paint. Read morePublished on May 5, 2012 by C.A. Arthur
The last review of this DVD was posted in June 2009. It is a superb piece of work that is balanced, erudite, and arrives at a proper evaluation of this movie. Read morePublished on February 7, 2012 by David M. Goldberg
This is in many ways a faithful version of the novel, with all of its flaws (it lacks the last scene back in England, and there is a little airbrushing of the reason why the Dutch... Read morePublished on June 28, 2009 by toronto