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As we arrive at the 15th Best Picture winner, Mrs Miniver, we find ourselves in the depths of the cinematic output during World War Two. As such, the Academy Award winners during the era reflected an optimism or jingoism that was needed to drive people to support the war effort. William Wyler’s film is one such winner, with Greer Garson taking the lead and winning the Best Actress award.
Co-hosts Dave and Andrew skirt around discussing Mrs Miniver as they seek to find the entry point for this enduring classic, while discussing the optimistic array of the 1942 Best Picture nominees, while also comparing the new normal of wartime and the new normal of our current pandemic era.
1945 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock) – Awards Don't Matter –
Awards Don't Matter
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For some reason, the last Alfred Hitchcock film to be nominated for Best Picture is his 1945 psychological thriller, Spellbound. Featuring an early performance from Gregory Peck, and another lead performance from Ingrid Bergman, Spellbound was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and winning the Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Oscar for Miklós Rózsa.
While co-hosts Dave and Andrew could have gone the easy route by discussing Mildred Pierce, a much more worthy Best Picture nominee (and deserving winner too), they instead digest how psychology is presented by Hitchcock, how to present a good amnesia film, while also being surprised by the fun of the film.
Spoilers abound for The Yearling too.
Clips presented in this episode: Spellbound trailer // Liverwurst scene // Therapy Scene
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