First came marriage, an arranged union of peasant farmer Wang Lung (Paul Muni) and kitchen slave O-Lan (Luise Rainer). Then, through poverty and wealth, family and betrayal, war and pestilence, came love. From Pearl S. Buck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Good Earth combines Wang and O-Lan's story with a sweeping saga of China in upheaval. Muni and Rainer had both won 1936 Academy Awards, and Rainer repeated here with another Best Actress Oscar. The film also won for Best Cinematography - with camerawork most powerfully on display in the astonishing locust-plague sequence. Producer Irving Thalberg, known for combining literary prestige with commercial success, died during the production, and the film is dedicated to him.
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Better than good
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 19/05/2013 21:03:51
The last film to bear the imprint of wunderkind producer Irving Thalberg, this epic production would not be allowed today to cast Western actors as Chinese peasants. That aside, once you get used to this, then it becomes a long but continually absorbing tale of the journey of one man towards success and the devoted wife he has by his side but often forgets. Along the way, there happens to be starvation, unfaithfulness, a very well staged riot with brutal consequences and a memorable finale involving locusts decimating the landscape. None of this is exactly cheery stuff but it is so well done, and Rainer conveys so much with one anguished look, it proves to be quite an unforgettable experience.
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the good earth
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 03/08/2008 03:08:05
this film ranks alongside the 7 samurai. definitely one of the all time greats. it will have you glued to the screen.
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