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      Becky Sharp

      Released Jun 28, 1935 1h 23m Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      40% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 28% Audience Score 500+ Ratings A novel by William Makepeace Thackeray inspired this tale of a ruthless woman's rise and fall in English society. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Otis Ferguson The New Republic The weak (sentimental) part of Thackeray has been retained; his strong polite prose, social bite and portrayal have been left behind in Vanity Fair. May 7, 2024 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine The triumph of technicolor. Robert Edmond Jones is responsible for the superb color design, Rouben Mamoulian directed, Miriam Hopkins plays Becky. A picture that cost a fortune and will probably make several. Jul 23, 2019 Full Review Helen Brown Norden Vanity Fair With the exception of Miriam Hopkins in the title role, the acting in Becky Sharp is almost violently negligible. Jun 12, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Failed to sizzle. Rated: C+ Sep 16, 2015 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Mamoulian's film is best known for its innovative use of three-color Technicolor, but in the title role, Miriam Hopkins gives a strong, Oscar-nominated performance. Rated: B Apr 3, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      bill t A tough watch. The big highlight of this is that this is one of the first films to use 3 strip Technicolor, and it's dazzling in some scenes. Unfortunately though, The color is definitely not enough to save the story though, which curiously veers from parlour comedy to overbearing melodrama in the blink of an eye. The story is about a woman who uses everything and everyone to get to the top in French society. It all comes down crashing on her of course. This could be interesting, but it isn't, generally because the script is so overwritten you DO need subtitles just to translate all the overbearing dialogue. As well, it's difficult to tell, based on the acting, what parts are the comedy, and what parts are the drama. This all DOES remind me of the movie "The Royal Rascal" from Singin' In The Rain a lot. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member An original story from the literary Thackeray brought to the screen by Rouben Mamoulian, showing us the story of Becky Sharp (Miriam Hopkins), a low-class young woman who climbs the social pyramid to achieve her wishes. It is undoubtedly a story and above all a female character empowered for the time, beyond falling into patterns of a typical liar and avaricious woman, Miriam Hopkins gives it a special touch with her vain and fresh interpretation, she reveals a woman who is always in control of the situation and everything looks like a game, this is also her downfall. A performance that earned her first and only Oscar nomination. The scenes that set the scene with the beautiful costumes and hairstyles of the principal give another view of the film, the colors play very well and more to be one of the first with technicolor of the time. My problem with the film is that it does not go beyond the greed of the main character, without changes, evolutions or deepening. There comes a point that the dialogues between her men that are predictable and not surprising, even her moment of decline is very overlooked, this is undoubtedly the fault of a fairly basic script that did not take advantage of the great protagonist and the climate that it generated. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review steve d Still one of the best versions because of Miriam Hopkins. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Vanity Fair is such a complex story with so many relationship issues that 90 minutes could never do it justice. This movie tried to cover it all and missed everyhting. Also the first attempts at colour now look dreadful. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a film that is only remembered for its contribution to colour cinematography. Without that link it would have long since have disappeared into obscurity. The script is pedestrian and the plot is plodding. The actors try to breathe some life into this film, but fall horribly short. Becky Sharp is fully dominated by colour with the palette taking all of the attention and focus, not just of the viewer, but also of the filmmakers, negating all other substance of the film. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Puts the B back in subtle. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A novel by William Makepeace Thackeray inspired this tale of a ruthless woman's rise and fall in English society.
      Director
      Rouben Mamoulian
      Producer
      Kenneth Macgowan
      Distributor
      RKO Radio Pictures
      Production Co
      RKO Pictures
      Genre
      Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 28, 1935, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 30, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 23m
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