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Anthony Adverse (1936)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 29 August 1936 (USA)
In 18th-century Italy, an orphan's debt to the man who raised him threatens to separate him forever from the woman he loves.

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Won 4 Oscars. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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In late 18th century Italy, a beautiful young woman finds herself married to a rich but cruel older man. However, she is in love with another, younger man. When the husband finds out, he kills the lover in a swordfight, and takes his wife on a long trip throughout Europe. Months later, she dies giving birth to a son. The husband leaves the child at a convent, where he is raised until the age of 10; then he is apprenticed to a local merchant, who gives him the name "Anthony Adverse" because of the adversity in his life. But his adversity has only begun, as fate takes him to Cuba, Africa, and Paris. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Adversidade  »

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$1,050,500 (estimated)
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William Dieterle had been promised the directing job, which instead went to Mervyn LeRoy (Harry M. Warner's son-in-law). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Marquis Don Luis: I dare say you wish you'd never left Versailles. You had a very pleasant time at court with those gallant young officers. With one in particular, I recall.
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Referenced in Hare Do (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Lasciate i monti
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(from "L'Orfeo")
Music by Claudio Monteverdi (as Monteverdi) in Leghorn opera
Sung by Carol Ellis (uncredited)
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My thoughts on "Anthony Adverse" R. Loach
28 September 2006 | by (Oxfordshire England) – See all my reviews

The main pleasure this film gives me is the music in it by Erich Korngold, and especially the African scene around the dying of the Priest. He used the same theme in his only Symphony and in other works to. The film's main story was a wonderful vehicle for Korngold's creating genius to have full reign in the emotion department. Long may romantic music be heard if the nasty music critics will allow it. They are very guilty of suppressing some of the most beautiful music to be written or heard in this life. Example, Eugene D'Albert's magnificent Opera "Tiefland" do we ever hear it on any classical music programme? No ! I rest my case. The film is very enjoyable and all the cast were superb, but Oh how they compressed the story, the book I believe is very long and attempting to Hollywood it didn't really do the book justice. However it remains one of my favourites. Is there anyone else out there who loves Korngold's music, if so, please get in touch with me. here is my E mail address rupertloach@aol.com Thank you. R. Loach


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