Cinema: New Picture, Oct. 19, 1942

The Moon and Sixpence (United Artists) films Somerset Maugham's famed novel more faithfully than any book has ever been filmed before. The result, despite the efforts of a superb cast, is more like a still life than a moving picture.

Author Maugham based his unfriendly fable about genius in the raw on the life of unfriendly Painter Paul Gauguin. Like Gauguin, Genius Charles Strickland (George Sanders) reaches his prime as an overdomesticated stockbroker. Like Gauguin, he abruptly quits all that for Paris, semistarvation and oil painting. He takes over the studio and the...

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