Monday, February 13, 2017

Escape Me Never (1935)

Academy Awards, USA 1936

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Elisabeth Bergner

United Artists
Directed by Paul Czinner
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Elisabeth Bergner is a homeless waif with a newborn child who befriends a down and out composer in Venice. They decide to set out together with his brother as traveling minstrels, eventually ending up in London. She romances both brothers, leading to the inevitable melodramatic complications. Bergner's over-the-top performance earned her an Oscar nomination, but most viewers will tire of her theatrics rather quickly, leaving no one to root for in this overwrought adaptation of Margaret Kennedy's play.

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