Cavalcade is one of those movies that the Best Picture Oscar (in addition to Best Arti Direction and Best Director (Frank Lloyd), but this movie based on the Noel Coward play just never grabbed me. Set initially at the turn of the 20th century, it certainly has some good features, a strong cast and a spectacular sequence depicting the whole first world war in all its horror in just a couple of minutes; however there are simply too many characters to keep track of any it often feels overlong. Not sure how much of this is how cinema has changed and how much is simply my personal taste, but I don't personally feel that this is an especially great movie - or even a particulalry good one. To me it's more of a good idea, but not handled in a particularly effective way.
I await howls of protest, but while I'm glad to have seen it as a little piece of movie history, I doubt if I'd watch it again. Other movies from a similar era seem to have aged much better than Cavalcade.
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