The Incredible Sarah

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"One triumph... one man... one scandal... was never enough when you were Sarah Bernhardt."
  • PG
  • 1976
  • 1 hr 46 min
  • 5.5  (236)

The Incredible Sarah is a biographical drama film released in 1976. The movie depicts the life of famed stage actress Sarah Bernhardt, and her journey to becoming one of the most acclaimed performers of her time. The movie opens in Paris in the late 19th century, where Sarah (played by Glenda Jackson) is preparing to make her theatrical debut. Though she is nervous, her passion for the stage and her desire to become a great actress helps her to overcome her anxiety. Sarah's performance is an instant success, and she embarks on a career that will take her around the world, entertaining audiences and stunning critics.

As Sarah's career takes off, the movie explores her personal life, including her relationship with Philippe, a writer and journalist played by Daniel Massey. Sarah and Philippe embark on an affair, which is complicated by Philippe's marriage and his lack of enthusiasm for Sarah's profession. Despite their tumultuous relationship, Sarah remains dedicated to Philippe, even as she continues to pursue her career.

The Incredible Sarah also examines the challenges Sarah faces as a woman in a male-dominated profession. Although she is acclaimed for her talent and charisma, many male actors and directors do not take her seriously, and they attempt to challenge her authority and control her performances. Sarah never wavers in her determination to be the best, however, and her unwavering confidence helps her to overcome these obstacles.

Throughout The Incredible Sarah, Glenda Jackson delivers a powerful performance, capturing the complexity and humanity of Sarah Bernhardt. Jackson's portrayal of Sarah is both nuanced and passionate, and she effectively conveys the actress's struggles and triumphs.

In addition to Glenda Jackson, The Incredible Sarah features a talented supporting cast of actors, including Yvonne Mitchell, who plays Sarah's mother, and Simon Williams, who portrays her agent. The movie is beautifully shot, with stunning costumes and set design that captures the elegance and glamour of the era.

As the movie progresses, it becomes clear that Sarah's greatest strength is her passion for the theater. Despite setbacks and challenges, Sarah never loses sight of the power of the stage to move and inspire audiences. Her drive and determination are inspiring, and they make The Incredible Sarah a moving and thought-provoking film.

Overall, The Incredible Sarah is a stirring tribute to one of the greatest actresses of all time. Through Glenda Jackson's unforgettable performance and the film's evocative period details, audiences are transported back in time to the world of the late 19th century theater. It is a must-see for anyone who loves drama, history, or great acting.

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    1 hr 46 min
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    5.5  (236)