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The Moon and Sixpence (1942)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1942 Limited

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The Moon and Sixpence, W. Somerset Maugham's account of the life of artist Paul Gauguin, was brought to the screen as a labor of love by writer/director Albert Lewin. George Sanders plays Charles Strickland, a staid London broker who kicks over the traces to become an artist. Strickland pursues his dream to the extent of leaving his family, betraying his friends and associates, and living a life of unending hedonism in Tahiti. An undeniably brilliant painter, Strickland is also a thoroughgoing

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Albert Lewin, W. Somerset Maugham

Jul 12, 2005

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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.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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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.
September 19, 2012
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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.
December 15, 2011
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