The Moon and Sixpence (1942) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Moon and Sixpence (1942)

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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 louse, until he is forced to confront himself on the threshold of death. Herbert Marshall plays the Somerset Maugham character (as he would later in The Razor's Edge), who narrates the story as he attempts to make some sense of Strickland's rakish ways. Director Lewin's obsessive fascination with extraneous exotica -- notably feline statuary and obscure poetry -- is ideally suited to the subject matter of The Moon and Sixpence.

Cast

George Sanders
as Charles Strickland
Herbert Marshall
as Geoffrey Wolfe
Eric Blore
as Capt. Nichols
Steven Geray
as Dirk Stroeve
Steve Geray
as Dirk Stroeve
Doris Dudley
as Blanche Stroeve
Albert Basserman
as Dr. Coutras
Molly Lamont
as Mrs. Strickland
Florence Bates
as Tiara Johnson
Heather Thatcher
as Rose Waterford
Robert Greig
as Maitland, Butler
Kenneth Hunter
as Col. MacAndrew
Irene Tedrow
as Mrs. MacAndrew
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Critic Reviews for The Moon and Sixpence

All Critics (3)

It's rather somber stuff, but faithfully executed by Lewin's literary direction.

Full Review… | June 11, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | March 21, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

½

This film has one of George Sanders' very, very best performances. Director Albert Lewin creates a slightly surreal world (that's what he was best at) but still makes the characters extremely real.

Katie Richardson
Katie Richardson

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