1933. USA. Frank Lloyd. 110 min.
Introduced by Barry Day
Monday, October 18, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
1933. USA. Directed by Frank Lloyd. Screenplay by Reginald Berkeley, based on the play by Noël Coward. With Diana Wynyard, Clive Brook, Una O’Connor, Billy Bevan. “Let’s drink to the hope that one day this country of ours, which we love so much, will find dignity and greatness and peace again.” Thus goes the rousing final speech of Cavalcade, a panoramic play that follows the lives of the upper class Marryots and their servants, the Bridges, in the years between 1899 and 1929, from the decline of the British Empire to the last days of the Jazz Age. Audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, living in bleak Depression days, were moved to tears by the play’s patriotic, restorative tone, which became Coward’s first major movie success, winning three Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director, and Art Direction, and taking in $3.5 million at the box office. The “Britain-Can-Take-It” spirit of Cavalcade would resurface in Coward’s wartime films This Happy Breed and In Which We Serve. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive, Cavalcade will be introduced on October 18 by Barry Day, a Trustee of the Noël Coward Foundation and the author of the international best seller The Letters of Noël Coward and Alfred Knopf’s newly published The Noël Coward Reader. 110 min.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Eighth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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