For my current writing project, I am watching, ranking, and reviewing every film to win The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar for Best Picture. Below, is my review of the 1934 winner, "Cavalcade."
Of the first six films to win The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oscar for Best Picture, three of them focus on the topic of war. If you look at the entire 90-year history of the Oscars, you will see the popularity of this trend continues decade after decade. Audiences are enamored with war and those impacted by man’s inability to negotiate for peace. With “Cavalcade,” we get our first true look at the impact of war on the entire family.
This film focuses on one family who enjoys the luxuries of British High Society. On the cusp of a new century, war is brewing and even London’s richest must go to fight. As the father and a servant go to battle, we see the fear that exists amongst families, rich and poor, when human beings are called upon to go and die for a few inches on a map.
Much of the movie is blocked in the same manner as the play which serves as its basis. The theatrical version does a wonderful job of showing the passing of time and even delivers a big surprise. As the father and his servant return home, we see a life that continues to move forward. Soon, the world’s first great war will visit their doorstep calling father and son to the frontline. Here, we learn of the causalities of war and the hell it does to families. For this truth, I recommend seeing this one. It is worth the lesson.
Be good to each other,
Best Picture Ranking (So Far)
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Broadway Melody
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