A Private War
Crazy Rich Asians
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With an eye on the Oscars, this typical MGM biopic of the 1940s, a chronicle of the famous French scientists, is middlebrow and inspirational, teaming for the third time Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon.
...undone by its emphasis on scientific matters and unmistakable Oscar-bait sort of vibe.
one of the most engaging biopics of its era
...not only a tribute to a great pioneer of science, it is a lasting tribute to good filmmaking and a most entertaining motion picture.
Surprisingly watchable, given its iffy subject matter.
Pidgeon and Garson get together often in films. This is their depiction of the Curies with Madame Curie as the more famous of the two. This is only a very passable biopic though. It's nice to know the story but it really needs some additional life.
If your intent is to study classic Hollywood melodramatics or the talents of Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon then this is your film. However, if you're looking for substantial insight into the prestigious career and accomplishments of Marie Curie you will no doubt be sorely disappointed.
Stiff, self important film of a brilliant woman. Greer is fine if a bit grand but the usually wonderful Pidgeon is wooden and declamatory.
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