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- B. Johnson
I found it very interesting to watch the film in the light of the recent discovey of "dark matter."
response to anthony
- kevin sellers
Interesting answer. You may be right about the ineffability of religious experience (which would explain the lack of good biopics of Jesus as well as Gandhi who, I would argue, was more than a "mere politician") but I can't go along with you (or Welles) about sex being impossible to depict on screen. Otherwise, how does one account for the popularity of Liz Taylor or Brigitte Bardot? They certainly weren't admired for the strength of their character.
WELL THE ACADEMY AND I LIKED IT
- Joanne Georgiades
I suppose there are some that for whatever reason have disliked this film. To each his/her own, as i loved it. I found it heartwarming and captivating plus superb acting. Even my 91 year old dad who has short-attention span loved this film. I enjoy it for what it is rather than disecting it.
In answer to Kevin
To answer Kevin's point, it may have to with the difficulty on conveying transcendence on film, a pointed noted by Orson Welles (although many revere Dreyer's Joan of Arc.). Welles said he never depicted prayer or sex in his movies because they were transcendent realities that defied depiction on celluloid. That may explain the difficulty of making a good movie about Jesus Christ, but it doesn't explain Gandhi who was merely a politician and not in the same category as Christ. Just because no good movie has ever been made about him (I did not like Attenborough's biopic), that doesn't mean one can't be made.
- kevin sellers
This incredibly boring film, with Greer Garson in full blown Mrs Miniver With A Test Tube mode, leads me to muse on why it is that Hollywood bios of completely estimable folks, like Jesus, Ghandi, and this gal are so darn dull, while stories of more ambiguous figures, like Lawrence of Arabia, Frida Kahlo, and Harvey Milk, tend toward brilliance. Anyone want to hazard a guess?
Marie the Magnificent!
There are simply not enough adjectives to describe how magnificent Marie Curie was and what she did. Her discovery saved millions of lives, including my own, and gave relief of suffering to countless more millions. This film ably shows what she went through in order to effect that discovery. While it is true that her husband, Dr. Pierre Curie, assisted her, that was because a woman in the late 1800s, even a brilliant woman and a doctor, was not taken seriously. The two minds together worked tirelessly to prove what they knew was true in science. This was a time when there were only 78 known elements and the possibility of a 79th was unthinkable to the established scientific minds of the time. Today, there are 188 known elements! Greer Garson gives a magnificent performance here, as does Walter Pidgeon. Their struggles in getting to the basis for proving the element actually existed are well-documented and the film gives a visual to the struggle. It is easy to see why this film garnered eight Academy Award nominations, as Mervyn LeRoy knew his subject and directed the film in such a way that anyone could understand it. It should be understood that without Marie Curie there would be no MRIs, no PET scans, no mammography...no radiologic advances that we see today. She became the first woman professor at the Sorbonne - in science, no less! What a woman! What a film!
Madame Curie (1943)
- Jay Higgins
For whatever reason, I love this movie, certainly more than most of the reviews I have read. Greer Garson is absolutely wonderful. The production values are top notch, excellent direction and inspiring screenplay. It's beautifully done.
Movie is mostly about her and her husbands struggle to find radium. It also shows the hardships. Trying to do experiments were much harder then than they are today. They did not have fancy labs. If you are into science they you would like this fim.