Madame Curie Reviews
It's a beautiful film about amazing people that only gets stopped up by stilted dialogue and some bad acting, but in this case, all of this is made up for in the story and how the movie is pieced together. There's some great effects here--one that especially stuck out in my mind is the night that Pierre proposes to Marie--the camera is simply focusing on the staircase and the two doors in the Curie household, with light under Pierre's. You can see his shadow, pacing around.
They also made good with the soundtrack--it didn't stick out to me as cheesy or typical--it fit right into the background of the film. The film makers also used silence to their advantage, however. When Marie and Pierre's father are at the house, waiting for him to return for the ceremony that night, and Pierre's father is finding out about his death, they show Marie getting suspicious, and the silence is just uncomfortable.
Overall, this film was very enjoyable, and while I was watching, I couldn't help but think that Marie Curie is exactly the right kind of female role model for girls to have. (I also couldn't help thinking that it was fantastic that early Hollywood made a movie about this intelligent woman and actually focus on her science.)
Next up in older films: [i]Hotel Berlin[/i]