Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Awful Truth (1937) (2nd time)

Suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance. [imdb]

Nominated for 6 Oscars:

Best Picture
Best Director: Leo McCarey (WINNER)
Best Actress: Irene Dunne
Best Supporting Actor: Ralph Bellamy
Best Writing, Screenplay
Best Editing

I love my Best Actress project on the other blog. It's because of it that I give second chances to such movies that prove to be so great in the end. I wasn't a fan of The Awful Truth, but I certainly became one. It's a screwball comedy, but not one of those very complicated ones. Yet it's still smart, mature and very funny!
The screenplay is delicious with great dialogue and some lines I'll remember a long time from now :) Those who've seen it recently might recall Here's your diploma! :P I'm not sure the direction is Oscar winning level, but it's definitely effective and it shines in silly scenes like the ones with the dog. Cary Grant is his usual good, but the film's about Irene Dunne and her comedic performance is a very charming one, which will really stick with me this time.
My rating for the film: 8.5/10. I was gonna go with an 8, but it remains a funny film I smile when thinking about. It may be the Best Picture of 1937.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't seen this yet, but it seems that Dunne is the person who is most people's pick for this year. I think it's between her and Garbo for your pick.