Directed by Frank Lloyd
Nominated for 4 Oscars, Won 3
Wins Include: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Art Direction
Cavalcade is the story of one family, spanning across 33 years, beginning on New Years Eve 1899, the dawn of the new century. An English family, who, among other things, are touched by the Boer War, the sinking of the Titanic and the Great War.
Cavalcade, admittedly, felt like an overview of the first 33 years of the 1900's. Which is exactly what this film is. The film serves as a "highlights" (though all of them hard and depressing events) of the early 1900's.
The film is set on the back of Jane Marryot, wife and mother. The story always comes back to her. We see the Boer War and the Great War through her eyes, of waiting at home and never knowing. We see her lose her children and worry about the future.
Overall, the film didn't have much to say, individually. It was mainly repeating the ideas and values that came from the events in the film, and didn't amount to very much.
The film was a little overly long and was quite dull, even though it was telling a lot of "highlights". The acting was competent, but was nothing special. It felt like a mediocre film, and that was exactly what this was. It wasn't a bad film, per se, but it wasn't one that needs to be watched again, and is one that won't be remembered very well.
Emotional Connection- 6/10
Overall Package- 6/10