Madame X (1929)

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A young lawyer unknowingly defends his mother who abandoned him when he was three.

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  • Ruth Chatterton in Madame X (1929)
  • Madame X (1929)
  • Madame X (1929)
  • Ruth Chatterton in Madame X (1929)
  • Ruth Chatterton and Raymond Hackett in Madame X (1929)
  • Ruth Chatterton and Lewis Stone in Madame X (1929)

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12 November 2011 | sobaok-211-4669
| Made Many a "10 Best" List in 1929
Although Ruth Chatterton's performance starts out on a highly theatrical note, the pathos and poignancy she brings to her character as the film progresses is unforgettable. While hooked on alcohol in a sleazy hotel in Buenos Aires--she stakes her claim on the Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Filmed in early 1929, I was impressed with the camera fluidity in MADAME X. Director Barrymore deserves kudos for placing the microphone on the end of a fishing-pole (the first "sound boom") so the actors could walk and talk at the same time. One must take this into consideration when critiquing this film. Other "talkies" produced from Jan-Sept 1929 are far more "creaky". Raymond Hackett, as Ruth's son, is too overwrought in the courtroom scenes, but his "youth" almost makes this forgivable. Based on the 1909 French play, MADAME X would have many reincarnations and fuel the plots of numerous tearjerkers in the 1930's. Watch this for Chatterton.

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