Anthony Adverse Reviews
Fredric March is our leading man here and he triumphantly portrays the troubled Adverse through his adult years. Olivia DeHavilland is stunning as his forgotten wife and there is scene chewing support galore from the likes of Edmund Gwenn, Claude Rains, and Gale Sondergaard (who won the first ever Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance). The film takes through a large amount of time and we travel to several different countries within that timeframe including Cuba and somewhere in Africa. What the film lacks in cohesion it makes up for in gorgeous black and white cinematography and flawless costume sets. It may not be remembered as one of Hollywood's great epic films but it should still be given a chance to take its place as one of its most extravagant.
It had great locations good acting talent but it just didn't work & midway the film got really slow & dragged heavily.
The physicality's of this film are great, ie great costume design & cinematography but as I well know it takes a lot more than that.
Olivia DeHavilland is a sensation though in a sense the films only saving grace....
(1936) Anthony Adverse
A little arbitruary but well made DRAMA and ADVENTURE film about during the times of swashbuckling starring the two- time Oscar winner Frederich March. An AVENTURE and DRAMA film about sacrifice, nobility and honor. This film has more drama than physical action.
Great and one of the most realistic (real life )in terms of a black and white film I had ever seen.
3.5 out of 4