Superb and supremely Amerikan upper-cust kitchen sink drama ! 1936, a time when the the new capitalist demi-gods saw all of humanity's future stretched out before them, this tale asserts the gentle humane and wholesome nature of the class which was funding the rise of facism. Dodsworth gazes into the possibilities of a dynamic and romantic future from an Italian setting. The Simpson-Edward Windsor story is sub-text
What a pleasant surprise this was. Yes, it's a depiction of the troubles of wealthy whites amid the Great Depression. And the dialogue is a dated. But the characters are three-dimensional and the plot hums along. Viewers can imagine the leads as actual people posing questions which aren't simple to answer. They are "Who am I?" And, "If I'm that person, is my husband/wife right for me?"
sweet ending, but what I saw was dodsworth going for a second round. Sure the wife took his care for hogwash, but what of her successor? purposefully hiding the phone call... was for him to be freed and of his own man, yet how much of her own interests came into play? Point is that I don't think the wife's actions originate from some inborn ostentation or narcissism; her early and long marriage shaped her greatly...
"Love has got to stop some place just short of suicide." Wow! An extraordinary film that surveys the gamut of challenges encountered in the marriage of a successful newly-retired industrialist and his restless much younger wife. A fascinating document of how mature love works, and how selfishness and immaturity can kill it.
"One of those rare monumental movies that strikes a tender, bittersweet chord with audiences by focusing on delicate or controversial subject matter far ahead of its time: here, the deterioration of a marriage contains timeless, resonant social commentary. It is a masterful examination of aging, differences in age, and a heavy-hitting reflection on infidelity, second chances, and preserving youth." - the Masie Twins
Difficult to rate this one, I was completely surprised with its choice of approach to the subject matter. I think what surprises me is when it was made and how it analyzes marriage. While I can't look away from how the male character finds a solution, I think the time period is of consideration. But the bravery in Wyler to examine marriage within the period of the characters lives where reevaluation comes aboard
A complex tale involving the search for a Shangri-La that doesn't exist. Huston's character wants to see the world after being a cloistered captain of industry but finds it empty; his wife has wanderlust for rich men and their trappings. Huston's Dodsworth finally finds his own self after escaping his shallow wife. Huston's transformation from homespun to howling wolf is amazing. A bit dated but interesting.
Wyler moves at his own pace, isn't afraid to reveal something new about a character at the last second or cut away just when we're getting comfortable. There's sexism on the page that makes it to the screen, but barely, as every shot, edit, lets us know that this is the story of two people. The family's greatest success is its failure. The leads are extraordinarily embodied in their roles. oscar for prod. design lol
One of my all-time favorites. I'm amazed this movie ever got made, with its frankness about marriages falling apart, and ambivalence about "The American Dream." Edith Wharton's magnificent 1914 novel, "The Custom of the Country," satirizes the different approaches to life and marriage in America and on the Continent. It's so modern in its frank discussion of divorce that it feels contemporary to "Dodsworth."