1939 was a big year for James Maitland Stewart. In addition to his Oscar nomination he was also selected by
Once again Stewart was handed a role almost written for him. He had the ability to play the rich man or poor man with such ease that the films become natural in feeling. As the world headed for war this film seemed to be an escape as it focused on the small things, small values in life. It’s an amazing film that feels relevant even today.
Made in 1936, this is a classic story of love which pairs Jimmy Stewart alongside Margaret Sullavan as Christopher and Cicely. As a young couple their life together is tested when he is assigned to work overseas and she finds fame on the stage. Despite diving into marriage, the couple find that they’ve got aspirations on opposite sides of the globe which create an emotional rollercoaster.
From 1934 to 1991, James Maitland Stewart stood out as one of the most popular and prolific actors of his time. Known by many as George Bailey from It’s a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart was so much more than that singular, iconic role.
This is a film that caught me by surprise. The nature of human beings and the long-term results of actions taken are both investigated throughout the movie. Bowie does a wonderful job playing a man ruined but looking for salvation. Tom Conti is amazing as Mr. Lawrence. His emotional portrayal of a man who is isolated from everyone around him is perfect.
This is an amazing film in many aspects. The visual beauty is stunning as the film seems to have found some segment of this country still untouched. Dante Spinotti captures the time period incredibly well as he did in L.A. Confidential and Public Enemy.