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The Moon and Sixpence

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1942
  • Albert Lewin
  • 88 mins
  • A

Summary

Melodrama starring George Sanders. Charles Strickland is a typical, middle-aged London stockbroker with a wife and family. Then one day he abandons everything to go and paint in Paris.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

George Sanders stars as a London stockbroker who becomes a painter in Paris, goes all bohemian and then drops out in the South Seas. Somerset Maugham's novel was partly inspired by Gauguin and his sojourn in the Marquesas Islands, but Sanders's performance is more Oscar Wilde than Maugham. (It's certainly far removed from Anthony Quinn's piratical Gauguin in Lust for Life.) Don't look for luscious location photography either; this is an effete, studio-bound exploration of artistic temperament.

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Credits

Cast

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Charles StricklandGeorge Sanders
Geoffrey WolfeHerbert Marshall
Dirk StroeveSteven Geray
Blanche StroeveDoris Dudley
Captain NicholsEric Blore
Doctor CoutrasAlbert Basserman
Mrs StricklandMolly Lamont

Crew

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DirectorAlbert Lewin

Details

Theatrical distributor
United Artists Corp. Ltd
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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