Ellie is about to marry the famous aviator King Westley, but her father despises him as a social bum, so he locks his daughter up and looks for reasons to annul the engagement. Ellie manages to escape, and she sets out to meet her betrothed in New York on a bus. On the same bus rides the newly fired reporter Peter. He needs a scoop to repair his relationship with his editor. Fate smiles on him in the form of a fugitive heiress of millions, sought by police across the country.
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It happened one night. Just recently, on the eve of my next weekday birthday, I had a chance to see the movie “It Happened One Night”.
And now, with a heavy sigh (and more than once), I take it upon myself to write a review.
Oh, it’s not an easy task in front of me! On a local scale, of course.
Although, why am I so upset?! Writing a review for such films (reviews, how else could it be) is a pure joy and an emotional boost for me: while I am finishing it, I remember the most memorable moments, I think about the play of wonderful actors, about the wonderful script, the twists and turns of which still excite my memory.
But what’s the point? This film, a classic of world cinema, to put it mildly, is not very familiar to our viewer.
So, the input dÐ°ta: a great film, which due to various factors does not have a sufficient “audience” (at least, among the users of Kinopoisk). Plus, your humble servant, who has read this most wonderful film, and sincerely wants to write something good, light, and kind about it.
Desirable output: a review that would be interesting to read for those who have not yet seen the film (and such, at the initial stage, will be the majority), and which could encourage the reader to watch.
Here’s the rub!
But, was not! I’ll try…
A few years ago, I had no idea that a film the same age as my grandparents could be so much fun without looking archaic and being a head above the hordes of modern cinema.
“A century you live, a century you learn!”, “Oh, how many wonderful discoveries we have…”
Now, these “discoveries” are not new to me, but this film still amazed me. So old and… so cool!
Of course, those who saw this film and those who are just fond of “in-depth study of cinematography”, guess, why the unsophisticated in retro-film (and so far I was that way) viewers could get the idea: by all means find and watch a film produced in 1934.
Five major Oscars is the obvious answer. The first of three films in the history of the awards to achieve such a result.
It’s interesting, though, how different these films all are. Our movie is a romantic comedy. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is a psychological drama. “Silence of the Lambs” is a crime thriller. But they have, besides the fact that they all now live in my home movie library, something in common. Oscars for best actor and actress, best screenplay (in all cases, adapted), best director and best film (34, 75 and 91, respectively).
But, I got distracted…
Get to the point.
I see no reason to describe the film’s plot (even briefly). Those who wish can read the synopsis, quite fully revealing the overall canvas.
I will only say that all there is not complicated, that similar plots we have already seen. But it’s all in the presentation, the execution, the nuances, the details, the little things. No synopsis or viewer response can convey all the scriptural tricks, which, coupled with excellent staging, and played by excellent actors, turn into unforgettable episodes, for which we love movies!
More than once I have praised the actors, the director and the screenwriter. I think my position is pretty transparent. All five Oscars are well deserved! See this movie, and hopefully you will only have to agree with me.
It’s true that I’ve never been much good at directing. But here, even with my naked eye, the strength and professionalism of the production was apparent and evident to me.
I don’t know how many dithyrambs I’ll use after watching the rest of the work of multiple Oscar winner and nominee Frank Capra.
What should a first-time viewer of this film expect?
Let’s look at the genre: comedy, melodrama. And, oh yes, it’s really funny and it’s really romantic. Sometimes it’s amazingly funny, and in the final moments of the movie, it’s amazingly romantic.
Again, the plot, for a modern viewer, will not seem original. A wayward heiress and a sensation-hungry reporter who are forced, as part of a mutually beneficial collaboration, to spend some time together. Typical road movie. Typical relationship of characters who are drawn to each other step by step. How it ends is anyone’s guess.
But, just like other beloved romantic comedies created later, this film sinks into the soul (just not the cynical and selfish, of course), settles in it once and for all, warming its pleasant memories, causing purely positive emotions.
And what gorgeous characters – my God!
Clark Gable, then in old-fashioned pants with suspenders, then with a carrot in his hand.
Claudette Colbert, all angular and yet so adorable.
Walter Connolly as the main character’s father is just a model of a loving parent. Such a typical and so sympathetic to the viewer!
Surprisingly, there was virtually no voice-over music during the course of the film. Nevertheless, even without such an inherent attribute of today’s movies, designed to put pressure on emotions, the movie is watchable in the same breath.
“It Happened One Night” is a superb romantic film story that has won a handful of the most honorable awards.
One of the best ever made in Hollywood. Full of sparkling humor and bursting with true love chemistry.
See this movie, and hopefully you will only have to agree with me.
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