Screen Test of Time, Ep. 57: Mutiny on the Bounty
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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There are a number of movies where Charles Laughton has been acting in an entirely different film than everyone else on screen, but this is the first where that one seems like the better movie. Based on a true story, Mutiny on the Bounty departs radically from history for all the wrong reasons… if you can find a reason at all. Fraught with white washing British colonialism and naval history, not to mention the cast of white actors playing native Tahitians, not even a shirtless (albeit sadly clean shaven) Clark Gable nor one very impressive boat can save this poorly paced dud.
Year Eligible: 1935 (Won)
Additional audio from Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)