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Madame Curie Poster
Released Runtime Category
1944 124 Drama, Romance
Director Language
Mervyn LeRoy English
Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon

Madame Curie

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What's it About

In Paris, at the turn of the twentieth century, impoverished Polish student Marie (Garson) shares a lab with shy French scientist Pierre Curie (Pidgeon), who admires the young woman’s scientific pluck, and soon falls in love with her. The two marry and embark on a promising research program that leads Marie to discover the element radium. Along with their success in the years ahead comes a tragic turn of events as well.

Why we love it

Mervyn LeRoy’s tender, dignified take on the Curies’ life was a hit with the public on release, partly since the film again paired previous Oscar winner Garson with Pidgeon (the stars had already established their on-screen chemistry in the classic wartime drama, “Mrs. Miniver”). Based on a book by Eve Curie, the couple’s daughter, “Madame Curie” is a love story wrapped around a watershed period in modern science, and all the more potent for its mix of personal triumph and heartbreak.

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