Screen Test of Time, Ep. 60: The Story of Louis Pasteur
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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So far, 1936 holds steady with the totally acceptable biopic, The Story of Louis Pasteur. Telling the somewhat… uh… sanitized version of Pasteur’s proving the existence of microbes and the germ theory of disease, Paul Muni plays the famed chemist as a crotchety genius at odds with the rather sociable and charming members of the medical establishment, personified by Fritz Leiber as the fictional Dr. Charbonnet. Anita Louise (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Donald Woods (A Tale of Two Cities) also return to the podcast as Pasteur’s daughter and son-in-law, respectively. Not the best movie ever made, nor even the best our hosts have watched for Screen Test of Time, but a solid entry that gives them hope the curse of 1935 has not persisted into the following year.
Year Eligible: 1936 (Nominated)
Additional audio from The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)