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* InconvenientAttraction: Philip's obsession with Mildred. She's selfish, shallow, cruel and doesn't love him back, so their relationship brings him nothing but misery. Philip is perfectly aware of Mildred's faults and desperately wishes he could get rid of his feelings for her.

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* TragicDream: Fanny Price is absolutely determined to become a painter - but she has no talent whatsoever. She refuses to admit this and continues to study painting, until she completely runs out of money [[spoiler:and hangs herself after starving for three days.]]


''Of Human Bondage'' is a 1915 novel, a Classic {{bildungsroman}} by Creator/WSomersetMaugham. Half autobiographical and half-fiction, it was ranked #66 on the list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. There are three different film adaptations, one in 1934, 1946, and 1964.

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''Of Human Bondage'' is a 1915 novel, a Classic {{bildungsroman}} classic [[ComingOfAgeStory bildungsroman]] by Creator/WSomersetMaugham. Half autobiographical and half-fiction, it was ranked #66 on the list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. There are three different film adaptations, one in 1934, 1946, and 1964.



* {{Bildungsroman}}



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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Fanny Price]]
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* {{Hypocrite}}: Philip's uncle
* LoveMartyr: Philip is a famous example.
* MrsRobinson: Ms. Wilkinson
* StarvingArtist: Most all of the characters at some point, in various degrees; Fanny Price is the worst case, and [[spoiler:starves enough to commit suicide]]
* UnrequitedLove: Most couples in the book have this in some sense.
* VictorianNovelDisease: Several cases.

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StarvingArtist: Most all of the characters at some point, in various degrees; Fanny Price is the worst case, and [[spoiler:starves enough to commit suicide]]
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UnrequitedLove: Most couples in the book have this in some sense.
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Of the three film adaptations, the most famous is the 1934 film starring Leslie Howard (Ashley in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'') and Creator/BetteDavis in her StarMakingRole as Mildred. Davis had to badger Warner Brothers, which had groomed her to be a sexpot CaptainErsatz of Creator/JeanHarlow, to loan her to RKO so she could play the part. It made her a huge star. It also created the first AwardSnub controversy, when Davis, whom many people thought would win the Best Actress award, wasn't even nominated. The Academy then announced that write-in candidates would be allowed. Davis finished third in the balloting, as Creator/ClaudetteColbert won for ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight.''

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Of the three film adaptations, the most famous is the 1934 film starring Leslie Howard Creator/LeslieHoward (Ashley in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'') and Creator/BetteDavis in her StarMakingRole as Mildred. Davis had to badger Warner Brothers, which had groomed her to be a sexpot CaptainErsatz of Creator/JeanHarlow, to loan her to RKO so she could play the part. It made her a huge star. It also created the first AwardSnub controversy, when Davis, whom many people thought would win the Best Actress award, wasn't even nominated. The Academy then announced that write-in candidates would be allowed. Davis finished third in the balloting, as Creator/ClaudetteColbert won for ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight.''


* BlondesAreEvil: In contrast to Nora and Maria, Mildred is blonde-haired and a manipulative schemer.


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* BlondesAreEvil: In contrast to Nora and Maria, Mildred is blonde-haired and a manipulative schemer.
* CatchPhrase: Mildred's is "I don't mind".



* InformedFlaw: An artist rather bluntly tells Phillip he has no talent whatsoever. The paintings we see beg to disagree. Of course this is justified by the film's setting; impressionism was still catching on, and it would be a while before photography eliminated the need for realistic portraits. Thus Phillip's paintings look good to a modern eye.



* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Davis struggles with a Cockney accent.

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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Bette Davis struggles with a Cockney accent.accent. In interviews she described the accent as particularly tricky, since Mildred was someone who would try to sound higher class than she actually is.



* VictorianNovelDisease: Here it is dramatically averted. Davis wanted Mildred to look like someone who was really dying of TB. The last shot of a severely ill Mildred slumped beside her bed is shocking.

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* TheThreeFacesOfEve: Phillip's three love interests. Maria is the child - special mention goes to how young and innocent she is. Nora is the wife - the most mature and sensible of the three. Mildred of course is the seductress - she's TheTease.
* VictorianNovelDisease: Here it is dramatically averted. Davis wanted Mildred to dies of syphilis in the book and tuberculosis in the film. Bette Davis also designed her own make-up so Mildred would look like someone who was really dying of TB. The last shot of a severely ill Mildred slumped beside an illness as opposed to "a deb who'd missed her bed is shocking.afternoon nap".


Of the three film adaptations, the most famous is the 1934 film starring Leslie Howard (Ashley in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'') and Creator/BetteDavis in her StarMakingRole as Mildred. Davis had to badger Warner Brothers, which had groomed her to be a sexpot CaptainErsatz of Creator/JeanHarlow, to loan her to RKO so she could play the part. It made her a huge star. It also created the first AwardSnub controversy, when Davis, whom many people thought would win the Best Actress award, wasn't even nominated. The Academy then announced that write-in candidates would be allowed. Davis finished third in the balloting, as Claudette Colbert won for ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight.''

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Of the three film adaptations, the most famous is the 1934 film starring Leslie Howard (Ashley in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'') and Creator/BetteDavis in her StarMakingRole as Mildred. Davis had to badger Warner Brothers, which had groomed her to be a sexpot CaptainErsatz of Creator/JeanHarlow, to loan her to RKO so she could play the part. It made her a huge star. It also created the first AwardSnub controversy, when Davis, whom many people thought would win the Best Actress award, wasn't even nominated. The Academy then announced that write-in candidates would be allowed. Davis finished third in the balloting, as Claudette Colbert Creator/ClaudetteColbert won for ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight.''


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[[caption-width-right:350:Don't piss Bette Davis off.]]



Of the three film adaptations, the most famous is the 1934 film starring Leslie Howard (Ashley in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'') and Creator/BetteDavis in her StarMakingRole as Mildred. Davis had to badger Warner Brothers, which had groomed her to be a sexpot CaptainErsatz of Creator/JeanHarlow, to loan her to RKO so she could play the part. It made her a huge star. It also created the first UsefulNotes/AcademyAward controversy, when Davis, whom many people thought would win the Best Actress award, wasn't even nominated. The Academy then announced that write-in candidates would be allowed. Davis finished third in the balloting, as Claudette Colbert won for ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight.''

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Of the three film adaptations, the most famous is the 1934 film starring Leslie Howard (Ashley in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'') and Creator/BetteDavis in her StarMakingRole as Mildred. Davis had to badger Warner Brothers, which had groomed her to be a sexpot CaptainErsatz of Creator/JeanHarlow, to loan her to RKO so she could play the part. It made her a huge star. It also created the first UsefulNotes/AcademyAward AwardSnub controversy, when Davis, whom many people thought would win the Best Actress award, wasn't even nominated. The Academy then announced that write-in candidates would be allowed. Davis finished third in the balloting, as Claudette Colbert won for ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight.''



* AwardSnub: Bette Davis was deliberately kept from being nominated by Jack Warner, as the film wasn't for his studio where she had her contract. The following year, the Academy hired the accounting firm Price Waterhouse to oversee the voting process to prevent something like this from happening again; Price Waterhouse (and its successor, [=PricewaterhouseCoopers=]) has overseen the voting ever since.



* KubrickStare: Mildred [[http://thefilmexperience.net/storage/1930s/ofhuman-howstrangeur.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1392147663374 flashes one]] while at dinner with Phillip.

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* KubrickStare: Mildred [[http://thefilmexperience.net/storage/1930s/ofhuman-howstrangeur.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1392147663374 flashes one]] gives a bloodcurdling one while at dinner with Phillip.Phillip. See the page illustration.


Of the three film adaptations, the most famous is the 1934 film starring Leslie Howard (Ashley in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'') and Creator/BetteDavis in her StarMakingRole as Mildred. Davis had to badger Warner Brothers, which had groomed her to be a sexpot CaptainErsatz of Creator/JeanHarlow, to loan her to RKO so she could play the part. It made her a huge star. It also created the first AcademyAward controversy, when Davis, whom many people thought would win the Best Actress award, wasn't even nominated. The Academy then announced that write-in candidates would be allowed. Davis finished third in the balloting, as Claudette Colbert won for ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight.''

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Of the three film adaptations, the most famous is the 1934 film starring Leslie Howard (Ashley in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'') and Creator/BetteDavis in her StarMakingRole as Mildred. Davis had to badger Warner Brothers, which had groomed her to be a sexpot CaptainErsatz of Creator/JeanHarlow, to loan her to RKO so she could play the part. It made her a huge star. It also created the first AcademyAward UsefulNotes/AcademyAward controversy, when Davis, whom many people thought would win the Best Actress award, wasn't even nominated. The Academy then announced that write-in candidates would be allowed. Davis finished third in the balloting, as Claudette Colbert won for ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight.''


* AwardSnub: Bette Davis was deliberately kept from being nominated by Jack Warner, as the film wasn't for his studio where she had her contract. Ever since, the law firm Price-Waterhouse has overseen the voting process to prevent something like this from happening again.

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* AwardSnub: Bette Davis was deliberately kept from being nominated by Jack Warner, as the film wasn't for his studio where she had her contract. Ever since, The following year, the law Academy hired the accounting firm Price-Waterhouse has overseen Price Waterhouse to oversee the voting process to prevent something like this from happening again.again; Price Waterhouse (and its successor, [=PricewaterhouseCoopers=]) has overseen the voting ever since.

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* AwardSnub: Bette Davis was deliberately kept from being nominated by Jack Warner, as the film wasn't for his studio where she had her contract. Ever since, the law firm Price-Waterhouse has overseen the voting process to prevent something like this from happening again.


Of Human Bondage is a 1915 novel, a Classic {{bildungsroman}} by Creator/WSomersetMaugham. Half autobiographical and half-fiction, it was ranked #66 on the list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. There are three different film adaptations, one in 1934, 1946, and 1964.

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Of ''Of Human Bondage Bondage'' is a 1915 novel, a Classic {{bildungsroman}} by Creator/WSomersetMaugham. Half autobiographical and half-fiction, it was ranked #66 on the list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. There are three different film adaptations, one in 1934, 1946, and 1964.



Of the three film adaptations, the most famous is the 1934 film starring Leslie Howard (Ashley in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'') and Creator/BetteDavis in her StarMakingRole as Mildred. Davis had to badger Warner Brothers, which had groomed her to be a sexpot CaptainErsatz of Creator/JeanHarlow, to loan her to RKO so she could play the part. It made her a huge star. It also created the first AcademyAward controversy, when Davis, whom many people thought would win the Best Actress award, wasn't even nominated. The Academy then announced that write-in candidates would be allowed. Davis finished third in the balloting, as Claudette Colbert won for ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight.''



* HaveAGayOldTime: As ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' mentioned, there's no actual bondage in it.


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* IncurableCoughOfDeath: When Mildred shows up at Phillip's again with a hacking cough, it's game over.
* KubrickStare: Mildred [[http://thefilmexperience.net/storage/1930s/ofhuman-howstrangeur.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1392147663374 flashes one]] while at dinner with Phillip.
* LighterAndSofter: Mildred is not quite so obviously a prostitute, although it's still pretty obvious. Her disease gets changed from syphillis to tuberculosis.
* LoveMartyr: Phillip takes a while to get over Mildred. He takes her back when she turns up pregnant after her relationship with Miller went sour. He takes her in yet again after Griffiths dumps her, although this time he just lets her live in his spare room.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Davis struggles with a Cockney accent.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The film concentrates exclusively on Phillip's relationship with Mildred, cutting out the first part of the book that deals with Phillip's childhood, education, and time as a struggling artist in Paris.
* ReallyGetsAround: Mildred sleeps with half of London while accepting money and favors from Phillip. She even comes on to Griffiths while the three of them are out to dinner together.
* {{Streetwalker}}: Mildred's sad fate.
* TantrumThrowing: When Phillip finally rejects her, Mildred flips out and wrecks his apartment, smashing his things, slicing up his paintings, and burning the bonds that were meant to finance his medical school tuition.
* VictorianNovelDisease: Here it is dramatically averted. Davis wanted Mildred to look like someone who was really dying of TB. The last shot of a severely ill Mildred slumped beside her bed is shocking.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Where Mildred was hiding the love letter that Griffiths sent her.


Of Human Bondage is a 1915 novel, a Classic {{bildungsroman}} by W. Somerset Maugham. Half autobiographical and half-fiction, it was ranked #66 on the list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. There are three different film adaptations, one in 1934, 1946, and 1964.

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Of Human Bondage is a 1915 novel, a Classic {{bildungsroman}} by W. Somerset Maugham.Creator/WSomersetMaugham. Half autobiographical and half-fiction, it was ranked #66 on the list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. There are three different film adaptations, one in 1934, 1946, and 1964.

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