an extremely good example of films made in the first few years following the advent of sound, an era in which actors, directors, writers, and cinematographers struggled to find a new style that could comfortably accomodate the new technology
Cavalcade was a stage play written by Noel Coward, premiered in London in 1931. It was the basis of the commercially and critically successful 1933 film of the same name.
Cavalcade is a 1933 film that takes a historical view of English life from New Year's Eve 1899 through New Years Day 1933. It is told from the point of view of well-to-do Londoner residents Jane and Robert Marryot (played by Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook). The film chronicles events including the Second Boer War, the death of Queen Victoria, the sinking of the Titanic and the Great War.