Release Date: February 22, 1934
Made in 1934 (though it was restored in 2013), this film holds up remarkably well technically speaking. I must say, I am not a fan of the soft focus when filming just the woman. It is a normal technique used for years, I know, but it stood out in the movie and it gives me a chance to say how much I don’t like it. It is forgivable however because the rest of the movie is beautifully shot which is to be expected from Frank Capra who has directed some of my all-time favorites.
This movie is fantastic. I hadn’t seen it before and in fact I now realize that I had only seen one Clark Gable movie ever and that was Gone with the Wind which I only saw when they made me back in high school which was about 30 years ago so I have no real remembrance of that. I’m not sure why I have avoided his films over the years, but I really enjoyed him in this and will check out some of his other stuff. However, Claudette Colbert stole the show for me. Gable was great here, winning his only Oscar, but she ran circles around him as far as I’m concerned.
The film was the first and only one of three to win the five major Oscars and it deserved them all. I have seen a lot of movies that were highly rated and supposed to be great, but I found them disappointing, but I am glad to say that isn’t the case here. It is practically perfect in every way.