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Dodsworth (1936)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  23 September 1936 (USA)
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A retired auto manufacturer and his wife take a long-planned European vacation only to find that they want very different things from life.

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A bittersweet tale of the increasing estrangement of a retired automobile tycoon and his wife. Increasingly obsessed with maintaining an appearance of youth, she falls in with a crowd of frivolous socialites during their "second honeymoon" European vacation. He, in turn, meets a woman who is everything she is not: self-assured, self-confident, and able to take care of herself. Written by Sonya Roberts <sonya_roberts@geocities.com>

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Drama | Romance

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23 September 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az élnivágyó asszony  »

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(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1990. See more »

Goofs

Arnold's position changes when he lights the cigarette while Fran reads the letter. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Secretary: [offscreen] Mr. Dodsworth?
Sam Dodsworth: Yes.
Secretary: The men are ready.
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Referenced in One of the Hollywood Ten (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(1740)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Words by James Thomson
Played in the score twice when the ship, Queen Mary, is shown
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Superb classic
28 February 2002 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

It's impossible to do justice to this work, which chronicles the complex breakdown of a long and successful marriage that cannot adjust to new challenges. Unlike many movies of the 1930s with high production values and a feel for old, glamorous Hollywood, the drama remains focused and disciplined. Aside from its subtle analysis of the end of a relationship, the movie does a superb job of contrasting the differences between the new, powerful go-getter culture of 20th-Century America and the more restrained, skeptical traditions of Old Europe. The movie in some ways represents a dialogue between these two cultures, which at time clash, most poignantly when an old Austrian baroness speaks frankly to the wife of an American industrialist. A great overlooked classic.


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