Screen Test of Time, Ep. 59: A Tale of Two Cities
Screen Test of Time is a podcast where Suzan Eraslan and David Daw set out to watch every movie ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, in order, from the first awards season to, eventually, the present day. Each week, they watch and review a different movie, and when they've watched everything nominated in a particular year, they tell you whether the Oscar went to the right one!
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It was the best of times, it was the— actually, know what? It’s just the best of times, because 1936 has kicked off with a solidly good movie! A Tale of Two Cities is a dream come true after the slog of 1935, and in many respects is a wish granted to our hosts who have received all the things they wished they’d seen in David Copperfield. Ronald Coleman gives a moving and brilliant performance as Sydney Carton, and a number of supporting actors from Copperfield return, this time in better roles, under better direction, and with better acting. This one may not be the Best Picture of 1936 (after all, it’s the first of the nominees), but it definitely won Suzan and David over!
Year Eligible: 1936 (Nominated)
Additional audio from A Tale of Two Cities (1935)