The Moon and Sixpence (1942)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  27 October 1942 (USA)
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Loosely inspired from Gauguin's life, the story of Charles Strickland, a middle-aged stockbrocker who abandons his middle-classed life, his family, his duties to start painting, what he has... See full summary »



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Loosely inspired from Gauguin's life, the story of Charles Strickland, a middle-aged stockbrocker who abandons his middle-classed life, his family, his duties to start painting, what he has always wanted to do. He is from now on a awful human being, wholly devoted to his ideal: beauty. Written by Yepok

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Strange DREAMS - He had ideas he never told her about...He didn't dare!


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Release Date:

27 October 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

W. Somerset Maugham's The Moon and Sixpence  »

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$401,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)


(gold tint) (reels 6-10)| (Sepiatone) (reels 1-5)| (Technicolor) (some sequences) (last reel)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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'Herbert Marshall (I)' plays the writer Geoffrey Wolfe, a fictional alter ego of author W. Somerset Maugham. Marshall played Somerset Maugham in The Razor's Edge (1946), and appeared in several adaptations of Maugham's works, including The Painted Veil (1934) and both the 1929 and 1940 versions of The Letter (1940). See more »

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Faithful and effective adaptation of the novel
7 April 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

While the beginning of this film is a bit slow, with a few touches of humour sitting a bit uncomfortably, soon we are treated to a simple but effective treatment of this extraordinary story. As the Gauguin-like painter Charles Strickland, Sanders actually does a bit more than play his 'typical cad', but relishes his character's poking fun at a hypocritical society, and shows real passion in describing to the Maugham-like figure exactly WHY he leaves his ordinary London existence. We absolutely believe him when he insists "I HAVE to paint". Wisely, the director doesn't let us see any of Strickland's canvases, and we are only limited by our own imaginations as to how powerful they must be. The only exception comes at the end, and without spoiling anything, I believe that it's handled extremely well. Other performances are a delight, particularly in the entertaining vignettes of turn-of-the-century Tahitian life.

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