Monday, February 29, 2016

The Incredible Sarah (1976)

Academy Awards, USA 1977

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Elliot Scott
Norman Reynolds
Best Costume Design
Anthony Mendleson

Cinema International Corp. (UK)
Directed by Richard Fleischer
My rating: 3 stars out of 4

The early days of French theater legend Sarah Bernhardt are presented, from her first audition as a frightened, but determined, amateur to her later successes. Her unconventional lifestyle, raising a child out of wedlock, living in a mansion filled with exotic animals, is somewhat off-putting, but never boring. Glenda Jackson is perfectly cast in the title role and is convincing. The final scene where she faces a rowdy French audience as Joan of Arc and overwhelms them with her performance is a real gem.

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