Friday, 17 June 2016

morning glory

On Wednesday 8th June we all watched Morning Glory, a 1933 film for which Katharine Hepburn won her first Oscar. It was quite good, and quite interesting.

It was very short - 71 minutes, according to the box - but didn't feel especially short, and had a very leisurely wordless opening sequence, so they weren't hurrying along. They had noticeably constant musical accompaniment; I wondered if it was because they were still coming out of silent films and they hadn't got out of the idea that constant music was necessary.

There was also an unxpected plot incident, in which it was made clear that the famous producer had had a sexual liaison with our drunken heroine after a party, which he regretted; this surprised me, and I wondered if this had been filmed before the famous Hayes Code, which imposed clear and strict rules on what could be said, shown or suggested in films. The Wikipedia entry for the film suggests it was.

The Oscar-winning performance was okay, but looked very much like a lot of later Katharine Hepburn performances/characters, as well as the public impression of herself in real life, which might suggest that she got the Oscar because she was unknown and they didn't realise the extent to which she was just like that rather than creating a terrific character performance.