Witney Seibold has been watching and reviewing every film to have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. In week seven, he talks about the indelible classic It Happened One Night.
Trivia: This was the first year the Academy began judging films by the exact calendar year, a system still in place today. It Happened One Night is one of only two films to have won the “big five” Oscars: Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay.
Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night is perhaps the first Best Picture winner with which you may be intimately familiar. In previous weeks, I have talked about relatively obscure films like Cavalcade and Cimarron, which hold no particularly strong spot in cinematic history, other than the fact that they won Best Picture. Indeed, those two examples aren’t even necessarily good films. It Happened One Night, however, is a legitimate and well-known classic. It’s so well-known, in fact, that I almost feel a bit churlish writing about it, and I’ll have to struggle to find an original take. I imagine I’ll encounter similar problems when it comes to time write about Gone with the Wind or Casablanca.
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