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"Here is a picture that was marked for greatness before it was ever screened!"
  • NR
  • 1936
  • 1 hr 41 min
  • 7.8  (10,064)

Dodsworth is a 1936 American drama film directed by William Wyler and starring Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, and Paul Lukas. Based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis with the same name, the film tells the story of middle-aged automobile industrialist Sam Dodsworth and his wife Fran, who embark on a European trip to rekindle their marriage.

The movie starts with Sam Dodsworth (Huston) selling his successful automobile business and retiring at the age of 50. He plans to go on a trip to Europe to explore the world and have some quality time with his wife Fran (Chatterton), who is unhappy with their marriage and wants more excitement in her life.

While on their trip, they visit Paris, where Fran is quickly bored with the culture, and desires to move on to different destinations, while Sam is content with staying in the city. Fran's wish for adventure, coupled with her desire to be free of her husband, leads her into an affair. Slowly, but surely, Fran and Sam's differences come to the surface, and it slowly dawns upon him that their marriage is failing, and there is nothing they can do to change it.

The conflicts between the two characters become more apparent throughout the film, as they travel through various picturesque locations in Europe, meeting new people, and having unique experiences. Ruth Chatterton plays Fran, who is depicted as a flawed and impulsive character, whose desire for independence quickly takes a toll on their relationship. Huston's portrayal of Sam Dodsworth is excellent and brings a sense of authenticity, as he realistically captures the frustration, heartbreak, and nostalgia that come with relationships failing.

The film is a poignant portrayal of a disintegrating marriage, as well as a commentary on the cultural differences between the United States and Europe in the 1930s. The audience is drawn into the world of Sam and Fran, and their experiences and breakups help to highlight the inherent human nature of personal struggles.

One of the most notable aspects of Dodsworth is the way in which director William Wyler used the camera to symbolize Fran's restlessness and inner turmoil. He captures her constant movement and frenzied pacing in a way that mirrors her emotional state, and is able to convey the emptiness she feels in her life.

Overall, the film is a well-crafted drama that explores the themes of relationships, cultural differences, and human nature. The performances by the leading trio are outstanding and bring a sense of emotional depth and realism to the story. The cinematography, coupled with the beautiful backdrop of various European cities, adds an element of sophistication to the film. Dodsworth may be considered a classic, but its themes and commentary on the human condition still resonate with today's audiences.

Dodsworth is a 1936 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 41 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.8.

Where to Watch Dodsworth
Dodsworth is available to watch free on Kanopy. It's also available to stream, download and buy on demand at Amazon Prime and Amazon. Some platforms allow you to rent Dodsworth for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
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    1 hr 41 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (10,064)