Film Review - Of Human Bondage

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Film Review by Allen Henriquez

Of Human Bondage (1934)

 

Director: John Cromwell

Writer: Lester Cohen

Cinematographer: Henry W Gerrad

Music: Max Steiner

Cast: Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, Francis Dee, Reginald Owen

 

The absolute, very best version of W. Somerset Maugham, is autobiographical, and sets in motion a man who studied medicine, and instead became a great writer. The novel and this film can stand shoulder to shoulder, Bette Davis is breathtakingly good, as the poorly educated waitress who emotionally cracks Leslie Howard’s heart and head. Leslie is excellent as the medical student who meets and becomes obsessed with Bette.

Bette explodes at the level, and beyond her work in The Letter. Of Human Bondage  and The Letter stand almost equal, as film masterpieces, and I say, there are moments when tragedy can be poetry, this is one of them; see for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 


Submitted: May 29, 2020

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