Mary Poppins Returns
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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Jeanne Eagels received Oscar nomination for playing the leading part in this early, primitive talkie, based on Somerset Maugham's play; Bette Davis played the part in 1940.
... a revelation of a performance and an illustration of the challenges filmmakers faced in the early sound era.
Jeanne Eagels' performance in The Letter secures her legendary reputation.
Eagels only existing sound film shows her to be a unique talent well equipped to make her characters live on screen with a minimum of overblown stage theatrics common to early sound films. Similar to the more renown Bette Davis version but with some content that would never have passed the censor board after the code went into effect. The last scene is riveting.
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