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The Moon and Sixpence

Released Oct 27, 1942 1h 29m Drama List
Reviews 52% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
When stockbroker Charles Strickland (George Sanders) abruptly abandons his wife and family, his friend, writer Geoffrey Wolfe (Herbert Marshall), tracks him to Paris. There Strickland pursues his lifelong ambition of becoming a painter and refuses contact with his family. A decade later, Geoffrey visits Dutch artist Dirk Strove, who befriends Strickland, only to see his wife run off with him. As Strickland's fame and egotistical reputation spreads, Geoffrey decides to chronicle his life. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It's rather somber stuff, but faithfully executed by Lewin's literary direction. Rated: B Jun 11, 2015 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Lewin's version of Maugham's novel is intelligent, resonant, and extremely well acted by Herbert Marshall (as the author) and George (All About Eve) Sanders as the painter. Rated: B+ Mar 21, 2012 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Visually striking, very literary-minded version of the Maugham novel. Rated: 4/5 Aug 29, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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nick s Loosely based on French artist Paul Gauguin, this film explores his abrupt turn towards an artists life, upending relationships on the way. It's wonderfully acted and well paced. You might not sympathise with the main character but you have to admit it's an interesting character study. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 05/02/24 Full Review Steve D Well written, well acted, and so unpleasant it is hard to watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/16/24 Full Review Audience Member W. Somerset Maugham is a brilliant writer Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review s r Enjoyable despite lacking motivations. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member interesting thought provoking movie. george sanders plays strickland a character you love to hate. he is a cad and reckless but at the same time engaging to watch. no wonder herbert marshall character in the movie hates him and intrigued by him at the same time. i feel for the character of strove. cant place the actor that plays that part but i feel for him. he is completely devoted to his wife and she hates strickland only to later end up leaving strove for strickland. dont know if she fell for him or just wanted to escape her boring dull life. such a shame. ultimately dirk strover was used by his wife and strickland ended up using her. she was nothing to him but an art subject. overrall good drama and worth watching. :) Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Way too much of a case of a pseudo-intellectual main character, and too much melodrama. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When stockbroker Charles Strickland (George Sanders) abruptly abandons his wife and family, his friend, writer Geoffrey Wolfe (Herbert Marshall), tracks him to Paris. There Strickland pursues his lifelong ambition of becoming a painter and refuses contact with his family. A decade later, Geoffrey visits Dutch artist Dirk Strove, who befriends Strickland, only to see his wife run off with him. As Strickland's fame and egotistical reputation spreads, Geoffrey decides to chronicle his life.
Director
Albert Lewin
Distributor
United Artists
Production Co
David L. Loew-Albert Lewin
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 27, 1942, Original
Release Date (DVD)
May 29, 2007
Runtime
1h 29m