Co-starring Henry Travers (Clarence, the angel of It's a Wonderful Life), this thrilling and evocative portrayal of death's lesson and life's blessing is one of the golden age of Hollywood's most memorable films. The quality of the DVD could be better, as the film has obviously not been very well re-mastered - but it's great fun to see Fredric March as Prince Sirki, arguably the definitive Angel of Death, and to just enjoy seeing a genuine piece of the magic of old Hollywood. Handsome Frederic March portrays Prince Sirki, the otherworldly protagonist, as a seductive, hot-tempered, bad boy kinda Grim Reaper! [8], "Kino: Two Mitchell Leisen Films Detailed for Blu-ray", "The Year in Hollywood: 1934 May Be Remembered as the Beginning of the Sweetness-and-Light Era, "AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions Nominees", Julian Ovenden's Reaper Has a Song in His Heart in Death Takes a Holiday, Premiering in NYC", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Death_Takes_a_Holiday&oldid=983957712, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, A one-hour radio adaptation of the film aired on, The film was remade by Universal again in, A May 2006 episode of the television drama, This page was last edited on 17 October 2020, at 08:28. This is a simply haunting, delicately morbid, black and white movie that bears repeated watching. Heard about this from a friend and thought I would check it out. Peggy Chapman (Yvette Mimieux) is out swimming when she begins to struggle under the sea. Death Takes a Holiday (1934) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Directed by Steve Boyum. "[4] Variety called it "the kind of story and picture that beckons the thinker, and for this reason is likely to have greater appeal among the intelligensia." 1971 It took YEARS to find a DVD version. ... Full Cast & Crew. Death takes a human form and visits Earth to try to find out why humans want so desperately to cling to life. What a great movie, the story of "Death" wishing to under stand the fear of the unknown. I love old movies and this is a keeper. Includes reboots and adaptations of…. But soon, in Death's absence, life is running dangerously and unexplainably rampant, and knowing that he must return to his eternally grim world, he conceives a plan, involving Grazia, to allow him to take back some of what he has learned and yearned for. Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2011. While this made-for-TV version isn't nearly as great, this film is certainly highly entertaining and manages to hit on all the key parts of the play as well as featuring some excellent performances from the cast. Social. Intent on entering the human world for a three-day holiday, Death takes the form of a visiting prince, and assumes all the pleasures and pains that go with flesh and blood existence. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. The (Almost) Complete Psychotronic Encyclopedia Of Film, Psychotronic Ultimate Guide (as complete as possible), All The TV Movies Mentioned in Amanda Reyes' AFS Viewfinders Podcast, www.austinfilm.org/2020/04/afs-viewfinders-podcast-author-tv-movie-expert-amanda-reyes/, 1001+ Movies You Must See Before You Die (my extended version). Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Widescreen Edition), © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. In the pre-code classic Death Takes a Holiday, the Grim Reaper (Fredric March) pays a visit to a family of wealthy socialites though he is not there on his usual business. Yvette Mimieux Monte Markham Myrna Loy Bert Convy Melvyn Douglas Kerwin Mathews Priscilla Pointer Austin Willis Colby Chester Maureen Reagan Regis Cordic Mario Machado, 90 mins   FINALLY, thanks to Amazon ( and their distributors) I was able to, once again, enjoy this classic tale about what would happen, if "Death" came and lived among us in our form? As he does so, Duke Lambert, the father of Grazia's mortal lover Corrado (Kent Taylor), begs him to give Grazia up and leave her among the living. This was a really great movie for the Frederic March fans out there, and it is the original "Meet Joe Black" starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. It was missing several minutes of the beginning... but there's some light humor in there and it is interesting to watch the Reaper try to figure out what the lives are like that he's taking, Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2018. "[6], The film was a box-office disappointment for Paramount. Being set in the 30's I would have expected it to feel and be slow, but the pace was good. She invites the man back to her family's home but soon her father (Melvyn Douglas) begins to think that the man might just be Death himself. He finds a host in Duke Lambert (Guy Standing) after revealing himself and his intentions to the Duke, and takes up temporary residence in the Duke's villa. They just remade "Death Takes A Holiday!". I shared this classic with my husband. DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY is a classic play that has been filmed many times over the decades including a wonderful version from 1934 that featured Fredric March. That there is still interest in this old classic is testament to its longevity and power - I think it's safe to say that no one will be watching "Meet Joe Black" 77 years from now... heck, nobody is watching or talking about it now! "Death Takes A Holiday" B / W, Reviewed in the United States on June 19, 2018. Sorry "Brad" fans. He attracts the attention of all the ladies including the lovely Grazia (Evelyn Venable) who becomes enmeshed in the ultimate fatal attraction-with Death itself. 4 Film Favorites: War Heroes (The Big Red One, The Hanoi Hilton, Kelly's Heroes, Wh... My Favorite Wife / The Bachelor & The Bobby-Soxer (Two-Pack), A Hard Day's Night (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD), Rosario + Vampire - The Complete Series [Blu-ray], The Vision of Escaflowne - The Complete Series [Blu ray] [Blu-ray], Code Geass: Lelouch of Rebellion - The Complete Series [Blu-ray]. With a surprise ending to a classic film. Now I have a copy. Not in war, accidents, or very ill. Justin Hullinger 3,163 films 786 32 Edit, UPDATE 7/8/2018: It's been a while since I checked on this list, and I'm happy to see that a lot…, I recently acquired copies of both Michael Weldon's Psychotronic Encyclopedia and Psychotronic Video Guide and this list is all films…, Here's a link to the podcast: www.austinfilm.org/2020/04/afs-viewfinders-podcast-author-tv-movie-expert-amanda-reyes/, List not yet complete. [1] The home video releases have been: The film was an enormous critical success. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Limited Edition with Book Ends (Blu-ray 3D + Bl... Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey Season 2 (Original U.K. Experiencing, for the first time, all that humanity has to offer, he becomes enamored of Grazia (Evelyn Venable), a woman both in love with life and infatuated with death. The concept of a naive Death desiring to know why people fear him is a great hook. At less that 90 minutes, this version still holds up - the villa, costumes and characters are all golden age Hollywood. It praised March's performance as "skillful". Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2018, Don't waste your time on Brad Pitt's 3-hour fiasco of "Meet Joe Black" which was loosely based on "Death Takes a Holiday." Previous page of related Sponsored Products, Fredric March, Evelyn Venable, Guy Standing, Kent Taylor, Henry Travers, The "Original" 1934 film. There's a problem loading this menu right now. This list gathers every film in the 1001 movies you must see before you die book,…, Have yet to find a thorough list of remakes here so I'm making my own. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. watch the "other two films, OK. Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2013. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. In 1971 staring "Yvette Mimieux", in color. Unable to add item to List. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Death must decide whether to seek his own happiness, or sacrifice it so that Grazia may live. "Death Take A Holiday" has been remade many times since the Fredric March version. Richard Watts, Jr, for the New York Herald Tribune, described it as "An interesting, frequently striking and occasionally beautiful dramatic fantasy", while the Chicago Daily Tribune said that March was "completely submerged in probably the greatest role he has ever played. Kind of a weird start, but there's some light humor in there and it is interesting to watch the Reaper try to figure out what the lives are like that he's taking. Film data from TMDb. [7], The American Film Institute recognized the film with a nomination in its 2002 list, AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions. Thus "we ' come to under stand "Him" also. They just remade "Death Takes A Holiday!". Death Takes a Holiday is a 1934 American pre-Code romantic drama starring Fredric March, Evelyn Venable and Guy Standing. Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2020. Intent on entering the human world for a three-day holiday, Death takes the form of a visiting prince, and assumes all the pleasures and pains that go with flesh and blood existence. Will love prove stronger than death? ) The theatrical premiere of the film was on February 23, 1934 at the Paramount Theatre in New York City. Friends,food,love. Also as a human, no one dies ! Great cast, very well acted and shot in black and white. Mobile site. (Meet Joe Black) w / "Brad Pitt", good actor,just a bad Rip-Off of the classic film. When I first saw "Meet JOe Black", with Brad Pitt, I said "HEY! Report this film. TMDb While this made-for-TV version isn't nearly as great, this film is certainly highly entertaining and manages to hit on all the key parts of the play as well as featuring some excellent performances from the cast. Beautifully set and dressed, it feels very much like a stage play that has been filmed with little or no adaptation for the screen (typical of many melodramas of the early Talkie years), which it probably was. Death Takes a Holiday is a musical with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and a book by Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan.The story is adapted from the 1924 Italian play La Morte in Vacanza by Alberto Casella, which was adapted in English for Broadway in 1929 by Walter Ferris. Made by fans in Auckland, New Zealand. Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2012. I purchased the movie in the VHS format. IMDb [3] Time called it "thoughtful and delicately morbid", while Mordaunt Hall for The New York Times wrote that "it is an impressive picture, each scene of which calls for close attention".

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