Come and get it (Ambizione) – USA 1936

Directed by: Howard Hawks and William Wyler

Starring: Francis Farmer; Joel McCrea; Edward Arnold; Walter Brennan; Mady Christians; Mary Nash; Andrea Leeds.

Barney Glasgow needed a whole life and two women called Lotta to understand that nobody, not even him, can have everything he wants.

This film is based on the novel by Edna Ferber (Dinner at eight; Stage door; Show Boat; The Giant; Cimarron…). Hawks quitted the set (other versions say he was fired) because he didn’t agree with Samuel Goldwyn who wanted him to follow more closely the novel’s plot. William Wyler replaced him.

Francis Framer, the screen and stage actress better known for her tragic life (but some say there’s lot of sensationalism and fiction in it), performs in this movie, with great talent, the double character of Lotta Morgan, a saloon singer Barney Glasgow fell in love with but abandoned to become a lumber magnate, and her daughter Lotta Bostrom, the make Barney lose his head twenty years later reawakening his conflict with his son.

Walter Brennan, playing Barney’s pal Swan Bostrom, won the Academy Award as Best Actor in a supporting role, the first ever given in this category.

A related film: Francis – USA 1982 Directed by Graeme Clifford. Starring: Jessica Lange; Sam Shepard…

and a related song: Francis Famer will have her revenge on Seattle; from the album In Utero (1993) – Nirvana.

A Barney Glasgow sono servite tutta una vita e due donne chiamate Lotta per scoprire che nessuno, nemmeno lui, può avere tutto ciò che desidera.

Questo film è tratto dal romanzo di Edna Ferber (Pranzo alle otto; Palcoscenico; Show Boat; Il Gigante; Cimarron…). Hawks abbandonò il set (altre fonti dicono che fu licenziato) perché non era d’accordo con il produttore Samuel Goldwyn che voleva seguisse in maniera più precisa la storia del romanzo. William Wyler lo sostituì.

Francis Farmer, l’attrice di cinema e teatro più conosciuta per le tragiche vicende della sua vita (ma pare ci sia una certa dose di sensazionalismo e di finzione nei racconti), interpreta con grande talento il doppio ruolo di Lotta Morgan, una cantante di saloon di cui Barney Glasgow si innamora ma poi abbandona per diventare un magnate dell’industria del legname, e della di lei figlia Lotta Bostrom, di cui Barney si invaghisce vent’anni dopo entrando in conflitto con il proprio figlio.

Walter Brennan, che interpretava il ruolo dell’amico di Barney Swan Bostrom, vinse l’Oscar 1937 come Migliore Attore non protagonista; era la prima volta che questo premio veniva assegnato.

Un film collegato: Francis – USA 1982 Diretto da Graeme Clifford. Con: Jessica Lange; Sam Shepard…

e una canzone collegata: Francis Farmer will have her revenge on Seattle; dall’album In Utero (1993) – Nirvana.

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