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A fine picture on all counts in the acting, writing, and directing.
Not only does Mr. Arliss's work here excel that which he has done in any other picture, but most of the other rôles are acted expertly.
A lavish Selznick biopic.
An outstanding historical account of the Rothschild financial dynasty during the Napoleonic wars.
Zanuck's lavish production (finale is in three-strip Technicolor) of the Jewish financial empire is largely fictionalized but is more enjoyable due to the good cast of actors, including George Arliss in two roles.
Tells the story of the rise of the Rothschild financial empire.
More successful are the domestic scenes between Nathan and his wife Hannah ... which the film needs if he's going to be a likable character instead of just an admirable one.
Who is George Arliss? Talk film with anyone, newbie fan to longtime devotee, and see who mentions him. Nobody. And yet he was something of an auteur in his day, respectable as a bank and better thought of. This is the first thing I've ever seen him in, the kind of thing he was most known for, historical bio-pics.
And its an unusual bit too. A film about banking? Are you kidding me? And Jewish bankers no less? In a positive light? Talk about flying in the face of public perceptions! Wake me when it's over, okay?
And yet: objective achieved. Because of George Arliss, class, humanity, distinction, purpose, he's the hub from which these qualities flow to and through the whole piece, a benevolent fatherly presence that's believable.
I was impressed.
In my opinion this is a hidden gem from the thirties that doesn't get a lot of airplay but probably should. It is one of the first looks at anti-semitism on film and is a great history lesson as well as a great film.
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