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YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (1938) 
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Post YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (1938)
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Best Picture winner at the 1939 Oscar ceremony.


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Mischa Auer, who plays the Russian ballet teacher was having a really good run around then. He's also memorable in Destry Rides Again, My Man Godfrey and the science fiction musical Just Imagine and had something like 150 screen credits. They really should have found a way to get him in Ninotchka. He did eventually appear in a TV version.

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Post Frank Capra is overrated
Very corny, hence the term "Capracorn". I'm afraid with the exception of "It's a Wonderful Life", and maybe a couple of other films, Frank Capra's films just doesn't hold up very well. Two stars out of four. This film is well intentioned, but it feels patronizing to modern viewers.


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James

There is a reason that this film sits at 992 in the top 100 movies list.

I watched it on Netflix streaming and enjoyed it as nostalgia and an early james stewart effort and would agree with your 3 stars

However, you do wonder about the Academy that year when you see the competition

"YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU", "The Adventures of Robin Hood", "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Boys Town", "The Citadel", "Four Daughters", "Grand Illusion", "Jezebel", "Pygmalion", "Test Pilot"

7/10
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Robert Holloway wrote:

However, you do wonder about the Academy that year when you see the competition

"YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU", "The Adventures of Robin Hood", "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Boys Town", "The Citadel", "Four Daughters", "Grand Illusion", "Jezebel", "Pygmalion", "Test Pilot"

7/10
Rob


One of the more interesting aspects of reviewing some of the older lists of Oscar nominees and winners is seeing how many of the losers ended up being regarded as lasting classics while the winners are, if not forgotten, at least seen as marginal.


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James Berardinelli wrote:
One of the more interesting aspects of reviewing some of the older lists of Oscar nominees and winners is seeing how many of the losers ended up being regarded as lasting classics while the winners are, if not forgotten, at least seen as marginal.


James,

I believe you've pointed out that modern day Oscars are useless in most respects (predictor of artistic quality, use as a promotional tool, etc.), as Holywood politics are the primary driving force behind who wins and who loses.

I'm willing to bet that if you mention Crash today most people wouldn't know what movie you were talking about, whereas they'd probably be more apt to recognize Brokeback Mountain or even Munich. Note, I'm not trying to argue that any of these productions is artistically superior to the other, just pointing out that the Academy Awards awarding a production of questionable merit seemed to do little to raise it's long term profile.

I was wondering, therefore, if you believe that this has always been the case? Is a film "winning" an Oscar, just as little indication of the artistic merits of a production today as it was at the beginning?

Just curious.
-Jeremy


Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:35 pm
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Best film Oscar voting is too often driven by non artistic motivations
Just look at the winners from the last ten years in the new poll.

Sure, watching winners will guarantee a decent movie, but unfortunately it too often fails to get you into the realms of great movies.

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Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:41 pm
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James Berardinelli wrote:
Robert Holloway wrote:

However, you do wonder about the Academy that year when you see the competition

"YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU", "The Adventures of Robin Hood", "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Boys Town", "The Citadel", "Four Daughters", "Grand Illusion", "Jezebel", "Pygmalion", "Test Pilot"

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Rob


One of the more interesting aspects of reviewing some of the older lists of Oscar nominees and winners is seeing how many of the losers ended up being regarded as lasting classics while the winners are, if not forgotten, at least seen as marginal.


James

Good point. As a compulsive completist I need to get round to what you're doing.

It woud be ultra cool (if we had time) to watch all the nominees from each year. You'd get a great insight into "the times"

Rob


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Robert Holloway wrote:
James Berardinelli wrote:
Robert Holloway wrote:

However, you do wonder about the Academy that year when you see the competition

"YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU", "The Adventures of Robin Hood", "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Boys Town", "The Citadel", "Four Daughters", "Grand Illusion", "Jezebel", "Pygmalion", "Test Pilot"

7/10
Rob


One of the more interesting aspects of reviewing some of the older lists of Oscar nominees and winners is seeing how many of the losers ended up being regarded as lasting classics while the winners are, if not forgotten, at least seen as marginal.


James

Good point. As a compulsive completist I need to get round to what you're doing.

It woud be ultra cool (if we had time) to watch all the nominees from each year. You'd get a great insight into "the times"

Rob


I've seen Boy's Town, You Can't Take it With You, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Pygmalion, The Grand Illusion and Jezebel, which is also my order of increasing preference. The last three are great films, and The Grand Illusion is generally considered the greatest, so I'm in the minority in prefering Jezebel. I felt Illusion goes on too long after what should be the climactic scene, although it's still a remarkable film. Pygmalion has one of the greatest screenplays of all time by some obscure Nobel Prize winner.

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