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      The World Moves On

      Released Jun 27, 1934 1h 30m Drama List
      Reviews 33% Audience Score 50+ Ratings World War I and the stock market change a New Orleans couple's (Madeleine Carroll, Franchot Tone) two-family fortune. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Otis Ferguson The New Republic So sleazy with sentiment and striving for big effect that I could not last it out. Jan 23, 2024 Full Review Meyer Levin (Patterson Murphy) Esquire Magazine Emotional hash with spiritualistic garnish. Apr 21, 2020 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine It moves pretty creakingly in this picture, which is largely pieced together from a number of much better films. Jul 23, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Somewhat heavy handed film crams too much story into its running time. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Well-done but overlong John Ford film -- Some searing battle footage portraying WWI, and Ford at this point clearly was anti-war. He even includes footage of Hitler and Mussolini at the end as the characters warn about the then-current military buildup! The scenes depicting the crash of '29 and its aftermatch also seem poignant about now! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member A tad overlong and a bit prejudiced in some character choices, but good anti-war drama. My personal (small) quibble is the bitter-sweet ending. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member I was beginning to suspect John Ford didn’t put his entire heart and soul into the creation of this film after the first several scenes, but this was merely the setup for the real meat and potatoes. I do suspect he appreciated many of his other leading men more than Franchot Tone. He seems a little haughty, aristocratic, polished, and conceited compared to the usual Ford leads. This is not to say he doesn’t give an effective performance and fit the film nicely. One can certainly see why he was in early talkies though. He and Madeleine Carroll work well together as well. Talk about unexpected when the film jumps four generations in one intertitle. It takes the story to an entirely different level than if it had been a standard continuous story. It is photographed extremely well and has some exceptional scenes and camera movements (the cut back and forth along the empty and full wedding banquet table for one). It gradually seems to grow into a recognizable Ford film as the story progresses towards the inevitable (based on the countries involved and the time period). Ford certainly does not glorify war here. The combat scenes are harsh and brutal; and he cuts straight to a knelling amputee by a pew with Ave Maria in the background. This is an inspired way to tell the story of war. It is also a very apt title. I’m starting to realize that John Ford is an even more consistently ridiculous director than I realized. It seems more and more that he could do no real wrong on the screen. I am also beginning to love the Ford at Fox collection. It also seems Ford and his team were prescient to a ridiculous degree concerning the nature of nations and warfare. To top it all off this is had the first ever seal of approval from the Production Code, which makes it fairly historic for that reason alone. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member It's all a bit heavy handed. As a result, the romance angle gets lost and the whole thing doesn't quite work. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Bättre än sitt rykte men inget mästerverk. Dock en sevärd film om en familj med ett multinationellt bomullsimperium som splittras under Första världskriget. Tidigt ute med att varna för nazismen – filmen är från 1934. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis World War I and the stock market change a New Orleans couple's (Madeleine Carroll, Franchot Tone) two-family fortune.
      John Ford
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 27, 1934, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2013
      1h 30m
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