Saturday, June 5, 2010

Battle Of The Oscar Stars: Best Picture 1935

The open sea, much like war, is hell. Well, this used to be completely true. Now, most people travel the globe on cruise ships and yachts so they can sail the seas in luxury. The best picture winner of 1935, Mutiny On The Bounty, brings back a time before modern technology. These were times of taking two years to cross the Atlantic and back on man powered ships, power hungry captains, starvation, and when all of this is too much to handle: mutiny!

Clark Gable, starring in his second best picture winner in a row, leads a cast through an early classic epic film. From England to Tahiti in the 18th Century, the film follows a group of men on a grand royal fleet in the Atlantic. Quarters are tight, and with a tyranny stricken captain, the crew looses their minds with Gable leading the pack.

Adventure film lovers will be attracted to all the action on the ship. Films like these are not generally my favorite, but Gable kept me interested throughout. It is easy to tell why Gable and Charles Laughton, who plays the villainous sea captain of The Bounty, both were nominated for acting Oscars this year. There is continually just something, a presence, that old Hollywood actors have. Just in themselves they make old films...well, watchable.

Mutiny On The Bounty has not been my favorite out of the list so far, but I think there is still enough of an intriguing and exciting story to hold most interests for the entire movie. 

Next on the list: The Great Ziegfeld

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