Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Good Earth (1937)

This adaptation was very faithful to the spirit of the book with one insulting exception - the leads were not played by Chinese actors. I guess they get a pass since it was 1937. They also ended the movie before the end of the book but it worked for this production.

Luise Rainer won best actress for playing the plain, hard working wife of Paul Muni's Wang Lung.

My advice: skip the movie, read the book. The movie is actually pretty good, but the book is light years better.

79 to go...