The Moon and Sixpence

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The Moon and Sixpence, W. Somerset Maugham's account of the life of artist Paul Gauguin, was brought to the screen as a labor of love by writer/director Albert Lewin. George Sanders plays Charles Strickland, a staid London broker who kicks over the traces to become an artist. Strickland pursues his dream to the extent of leaving his family, betraying his friends and associates, and living a life of unending hedonism in Tahiti. An undeniably brilliant painter, Strickland is also a thoroughgoing louse, until he is ...
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The Moon and Sixpence, W. Somerset Maugham's account of the life of artist Paul Gauguin, was brought to the screen as a labor of love by writer/director Albert Lewin. George Sanders plays Charles Strickland, a staid London broker who kicks over the traces to become an artist. Strickland pursues his dream to the extent of leaving his family, betraying his friends and associates, and living a life of unending hedonism in Tahiti. An undeniably brilliant painter, Strickland is also a thoroughgoing louse, until he is forced to confront himself on the threshold of death. Herbert Marshall plays the Somerset Maugham character as he would later in The Razor's Edge, who narrates the story as he attempts to make some sense of Strickland's rakish ways. Director Lewin's obsessive fascination with extraneous exotica -- notably feline statuary and obscure poetry -- is ideally suited to the subject matter of The Moon and Sixpence.
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Special Features

Scene selection menu; Previews; Biographies
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Nobody played a cad better than the supercilious George Sanders, and rarely did he have a better showcase role than that in The Moon and Sixpence. Sanders was born to play W. Somerset Maugham's Charles Strickland; no other actor could have conveyed the intelligence, the cruelty, the disdain, and the selfishness and yet so effectively laced it with a tortured melancholy, an inner sadness, and a fiercely guarded vulnerability. Misogynistic and often unpleasant, Sanders' Strickland is nonetheless fascinating and appealing, a complex character that is brought fully to life in Sanders' sure hands. The star gets fine support from the likes of Herbert Marshall, Florence Bates, and Eric Blore -- but Sanders remains in control throughout. Albert Lewins screenplay is also of great help for Sanders, even if portions are a bit stilted. Lewin's direction is tasteful and captures the feel of the original book, even if it is a bit slow and labored in places. Lewin's encroaching use of color as Strickland comes into his own as a genius painter is an especially nice touch. The Moon and Sixpence is a small gem, one that allows its star to shine brightly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2007
  • UPC: 089859848223
  • Original Release: 1943
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  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 2:58:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Sanders Charles Strickland
Herbert Marshall Geoffrey Wolfe
Doris Dudley Blanche Stroeve
Steven Geray Dirk Stroeve
Eric Blore Capt. Nichols
Florence Bates Tiara Johnson
Albert Basserman Doctor Coutras
Elena Verdugo Ata
Robert Greig Maitland, Butler
Kenneth Hunter Col. MacAndrew
Molly Lamont Mrs. Strickland
Irene Tedrow Mrs. MacAndrew
Heather Thatcher Rose Waterford
Technical Credits
Albert Lewin Director, Screenwriter
Stanley Kramer Associate Producer
David L. Loew Producer
Farrell Redd Sound/Sound Designer
John F. Seitz Cinematographer
F. Paul Sylos Art Director
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
Richard Van Enger Editor
Ern Westmore Makeup
Gordon Wiles Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Moon and Sixpence [Special Edition]
1. Remembering Strickland [7:36]
2. Acquaintance [4:39]
3. Divorce [9:05]
4. Parisian Friend [6:49]
5. "Life" in Paris [4:51]
6. Ungrateful Benevolence [7:36]
7. Tragic Betrayal [9:53]
8. A Painter's Philosophy [5:03]
9. Island Matchmaker [11:01]
10. Betrothed [6:36]
11. Fatal Disease [7:33]
12. The Paintings [7:36]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Moon and Sixpence [Special Edition]
   Play Original Theatrical Release
   Play Black & White Version
   Chapters (Colorized Version)
   Extras
      Photo Gallery
      Trailers: And Then There Were None
      Trailers: The Southerner
      Trailers: Cyrano de Bergerac
      Trailers: Hannibal
      Trailers: Robinson Crusoe
      Bios: George Sanders
      Bios: Herbert Marshall
      Bios: Albert Lewin
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