Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Their Own Desire (1929)

There has been a lot of blogging about this lesser known Norma Shearer - Robert Montgomery vehicle.

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So I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and share a few thoughts about Their Own Desire (1929).

1) Style - Art deco at it's finest. Also, rich people at play. Complete with polo playing, swimming and adultery. I want to steal all of Norma Shearer's clothes, as I do with pretty much any film she does that isn't a period piece.

2) Divorce - Today, films about people getting divorced would probably involve one party moving on and finding love with someone else. But I noticed in films from 20's to the 40's, it usually involves the divorcees getting back with each other. Interesting.

3) Lewis Stone - He is the spitting image of one of my favorite toll collectors, Mike. And otherwise, I think he was very elegant and graceful. While he didn't quite fit with either of his two love interests (his wife and his mistress), he and Norma Shearer went together beautifully as father and daughter.

1 comment:

  1. Raquel,
    In Their Own Desire the wonderful song Blue Is the Night serves as some sort of theme song. Did you notice that this is the particular song Robert Montgomery is whistling when coming home to Normas appartment after the night out in The Divorcee? I thought that was brilliant and connected the two together even more.

    I totally agree with you on your three points except for Mike the toll collector whom I'm not acquainted with :)


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