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The scene where Norma Shearer begs Chester Morris to stay together in their marriage is truly riveting and powerful. It is one of the most truly amazing performances on film. I remember being so genuinely blown away by the beauty and power of that performance that I jumped out of my chair to grab the rental box positive she must have won an Oscar, she had. Very sexy movie, Robert Montgomery is smooth as always.

I see some people found it hokey or contrived, I did not, The emotions covered here are as relevant today as in Attractive, complex characters. For the romantic in all of us, where decency and honor will prevail. Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video. Start your free trial.

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Anna Christie I Certificate: Passed Drama Romance. The Barretts of Wimpole Street Certificate: Passed Biography Drama Romance. Baby Face After he cheats on her, she does the same, and discovers there is, after all, no Single Standard. He hits her once in a while and shoves her through a glass French door. She runs around the track at the gymnasium after work and says she's "Running through days of posing as an efficient young business woman, through nights of posing as a sophisticated young woman about town.

Running from the memory of Peter, towards something or nothing, it didn't matter which. And when she finally gets her divorce, "It is so silly to mind.


Just an incident in the career of a Modern Woman. What the hell! An autographed copy, or a librarian's aid to shelving an anonymous book? Francine Prose writes in a recent introduction to the novel, "Yet Ursula Parrott's dead-accurate ear for small talk is by no means the only reason why the novel impresses us as so oddly modern. What seems even more contemporary is a certain recklessness in its tell-all confessional tone a tone we have come to expect from the celebrity bio and talk show guest with the checkered past as well as in the events it describes--events that cannot help surprising us, a new generation of readers who, like every generation imagine that we have invented sex and self-destructive behavior.

She wrote tirelessly, novels and short fiction for women's magazines, suppporting herself in a style to which few working women in the 30s could aspire. The Divorcee is quite a bit different from Ex-Wife , preserving the New Woman's freedom but insisting on a conventional happy ending. It opens with Shearer and Morris' giddy courtship, where he compliments her on her man's point of view.

They are equals, "that's why we're going to make a go of it. Shearer was roughly half way through her film career when the talkies hit. She was in a uniquely good position at the studio. Her films were successful and often well reviewed, but her star image was unfocused. She had a pleasant speaking voice that recorded well, and a slight Canadian accent that would not typecast her.

But, best of all, she was married to Irving Thalberg, MGM's powerful head of production, much to the disgust of her rivals, particularly Joan Crawford. Much is made in all the writing about Shearer of her physical flaws, which she dedicated herself tirelessly to overcoming. Most notable is the cast in her left eye that made her appear slightly cross-eyed. She was long waisted and her legs were a bit heavy, but she knew how to pose for the camera to compensate. Today, when actresses particularly on television have had so much plastic surgery that they are beginning to look alike, these so-called flaws are endearing.

And, it is impossible to look bad in costume designer Adrian's devastating outfits. When Norma Shearer selected Adrian to do her costumes for this film, it paved his way to becoming MGM's preminent costume designer.

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Norma described the role in The Divorcee as "Very strong, almost ruthless. Perfect for me. I was there on the lot, under contact, and I felt in my heart I could do it.