The Moon and Sixpence (1942)





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This film is an a clef account of the life of artist Paul Gaugin. George Sanders plays a staid London broker who kicks over the traces to become an artist. Sanders leaves his family, betrays his friends and associates, and lives a life of unending hedonism in Tahiti.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Albert Lewin, W. Somerset Maugham
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 12, 2005



as Charles Strickland

as Geoffrey Wolfe

as Capt. Nichols

as Dirk Stroeve

as Dirk Stroeve

as Blanche Stroeve

as Dr. Coutras

as Mrs. Strickland

as Tiara Johnson

as Rose Waterford

as Maitland, Butler

as Col. MacAndrew

as Mrs. MacAndrew
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Critic Reviews for The Moon and Sixpence

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It's rather somber stuff, but faithfully executed by Lewin's literary direction.

Full Review… | June 11, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lewin's version of Maugham's novel is intelligent, resonant, and extremely well acted by Herbert Marshall (as the author) and George (All About Eve) Sanders as the painter.

Full Review… | March 21, 2012

Visually striking, very literary-minded version of the Maugham novel.

August 29, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Moon and Sixpence

Interesting take on the artistic life taken to an ultimate extreme as a family man chucks everything (including his family) simply in order to paint. Loosely modeled on the life of Paul Gauguin, its central focus seems to imply that: if Western life is a life of conventionality, a life in a gilded cage, then Woman is the bait to that trap and should be dealt with accordingly. And so George Sanders (as the lead) spends a lot of screen time drinking in bars and outlining the dangers. Regardless the curious philosophy perhaps Sanders best movie ever.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


i have a certain fondness for this film; i like maugham and i love sanders. this was one of his few lead roles and of course he was perfect playing an absolute bastard, who claims, among other outrageous things, that it's an absurd delusion that women have souls. said to be inspired by the life of paul gauguin and a labor of love for director albert lewin who made only 6 films, of which this was the first.

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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