Despite the old fashioned, mawkish tone, I found the story to have a cumulative effect on me.

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It seems like you are saying that WWI ended in the late ’20s. You know that’s not correct, don’t you?

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With the DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases of Wings on January 24, 2012, Cavalcade became the only Best Picture Oscar winner not available on a stand-alone DVD in Region 1. Cavalcade was initially released on DVD December 7, 2010, as part of the three-volume "Twentieth Century Fox 75th Anniversary Collection", a collection with a list price of nearly $500 (though commonly sold for less).[11]

Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king.

Fox Movietone newsreel cameramen were sent to London to record the original stage production as a guide for the film adaptation.

A cavalcade of English life from New Year's Eve 1899 until 1933 seen through the eyes of well-to-do Londoners Jane and Robert Marryot.

Mordaunt Hall of the New York Times called the film "most affecting and impressive" and added, "In all its scenes there is a meticulous attention to detail, not only in the settings ... but also in the selection of players ... It is unfurled with such marked good taste and restraint that many an eye will be misty after witnessing this production."[6]

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And just when you think Cavalcade is supposed to be a dark comedy about the ironic and tragic consequences of history on the people who are out of its control (hence the constant use of the stage and musical numbers), it begins throwing a series of dark montages at you, changing the message altogether.

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Cavalcade won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Frank Lloyd won the Academy Award for Best Director, and the Academy Award for Best Art Direction went to William S. Darling.[8] Diana Wynyard was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress but lost to Katharine Hepburn for Morning Glory.

Three years later, by April 1912, Edward and Edith have married and are spending their honeymoon on an ocean liner, which is dramatically revealed by a camera shot on a life preserver on board to be the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Later scenes make it clear that Edward and Edith both perished in the sinking, although their deaths and their families' initial reaction to it are not shown, except in brief dialogue later.

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Witney Seibold has been watching every Best Picture winner in chronological order, and commenting on each of them in a series of brief essays on Nerdist. In week six, he watches Cavalcade, one of the forgotten ones.

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Following the war, a montage shows daily life becoming even more chaotic and the social order being further disrupted, while some advocate that mankind work towards peace. The film ends on New Year's Day 1933, with Jane and Robert, now elderly, carrying on their tradition of celebrating the new year with a midnight toast to their past memories, as well as to the future.

Cavalcade was the first film produced by Fox Film Corporation to win the Best Picture Oscar, and the only one before it merged with 20th Century Pictures in 1935 to form 20th Century Fox.

The film won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

In addition to several original compositions by Coward, more than fifty popular songs, national anthems, hymns, ballads, and topical tunes relevant to the years portrayed were used in the film. Songs appearing in the film include:

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Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.

It ended up making an estimated profit of £2,500,000 during its initial theatrical release.[5]

I can only glean that Cavalcade's obscurity is owed largely to the fact that it's just not that great a movie.

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Cavalcade (1933)

A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II.

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Upon his arrival, Alfred announces to his wife and mother-in-law that he has bought his own pub with money partly provided by Robert, and he and Ellen will be leaving service and moving to a flat, along with Fanny and Mrs. Snapper. As the downstairs staff have a cup of tea to celebrate Alfred's return, they receive news of the death of Queen Victoria. Robert rides in the beginning part of her funeral procession and the family and staff watch it from their upstairs windows.

This is the first big film out of the Fox studio since Sheehan's return there and this is a big picture from and on every angle.

The film premiered in New York City on January 5, 1933 but did not go into general theatrical release until April 15.

I don’t understand why you didn’t review Sunrise. It won best picture, when best picture counted for two different films. It’s also probably one of the five best movies ever to win the award.

The film currently holds a rating of 57% on the film review aggregating website Rotten Tomatoes with the site stating the critics consensus as "Though solidly acted and pleasant to look at, Cavalcade lacks cohesion, and sacrifices true emotion for mawkishness."[7]

Almost certain to be near the top of the list for 1933.

Frank Borzage was originally going to direct, but he departed in June 1932 to work on another project. Fox production head Winfield Sheehan decided to use a British director due to the film's setting, and Frank Lloyd was brought onboard. Production took place from early October to November 29, 1932.[2]

Nary a tear-jerking trick is missed (our family loses one son to the Titanic, the other to World War I), and the strangulation is compounded by the staginess since the film.

A gloriously, heart-rendingly beautiful, stirring picture of a generation in British family life.