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From Here to Eternity
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In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second in command are falling in love.
It’s funny how your mind can construct. I’m sure I had seen From Here To Eternity. The quintessential scene in glorious Technicolor and illustrious widescreen was etched in my consciousness. It was a film about a forbidden passionate affair where our protagonists fought, against all odds, and gave up everything to be together; culminated by the consummate reckoning of that glorious breaker on the beach. Whoops.
I hadn’t seen From Here To Eternity. It wasn’t in Glorious Technicolor. It wasn’t in illustrious widescreen. It was simple Academy Ratio Black and White. Perhaps this imagined grandeur was, for me, knowing it won a plethora of the golden guy? I don’t know, but what I do know is when the scene in…
Review In A Nutshell:
I never know what to expect when I dive into a classic film, especially one that have won numerous Academy Awards including Best Picture. I always take in consideration of the limitations of a film's release, but if a film fails to interest me even with that, then my confidence towards my feelings of the film is solid. From Here to Eternity left me disappointed due to its inability to create a dramatic impact in its stories and its lack of resonance for contemporary audiences.
The film's plot starts itself off focusing on a young soldier's, Robert Prewitt, struggles of being independent in the army, not allowing his superiors to take control of his life and…
There is a feeling of heavy history-based dread and palpable dramatic irony hanging over the events of Fred Zinnemann's "From Here to Enternity." Taking place in 1941, the Academy Award-winning drama unfolds before the December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor, but the specter of that attack fills the sea air and colors the events of the film for an audience watching in retrospect. Those events are small, personal dramas. They are insignificant wars fought before the real war. With its sense of impending doom, sharply drawn characters, and robust dramatic threads, "From Here to Eternity" makes for a impactful, sometimes searing film.
Taking place on and around a Hawaiian military base, Zinnemann's film weaves together the stories of disparate characters…
Two hopeless lovers embrace while the waves of the beach wash over them. That's From Here to Eternity 's iconic scene, and while it may be classic, is in no way what makes the film a powerful look into the inner affairs of America's World War II army men.
Here's a fantastic performance from Montgomery Clift, before his acting went by the wayside due to trauma from a car accident. Here he performs with remarkable dedication. He combines James Dean's rebellious attitude with the aggressive personality of Marlon Brando. His role as Prewitt has a similar back-story to John Wayne in The Quiet Man . Both are man filled with self-directed fury after accidentally killing a man in the boxing…
That there's what you call a melodrama. A group of Army soldiers in Hawaii in 1941 have lots of personal problems. Love, short tempers, bullies, and regulations.
Lots of big name actors appear here, but one name caught my eye in the opening credits was Merle Travis. Funny, there's an actor with the same name as the greatest guitar picker country music ever had, Lo and behold, it is the country music guitar picker!
I wish I had shoulders like Burt Lancaster. My wife would love that. And his jaw too.
A solid film.
There are some classic films – if you’ll forgive me, An American in Paris, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Graduate, The Producers – that seem dated today but whose fame has not withered; so indelible are a moment or two, an image, a performance, that the film as a whole has been seared into the public conscience.
From Here to Eternity is one such film. Viewed with fresh eyes, it’s apparent that Fred Zinnemann and company couldn’t quite decide whether Burt Lancaster was a hero or a scoundrel (he is always one or the other, never both), whether Frank Sinatra was meant for comic relief or tragic thrust (a shame the one doesn’t inform the other), or whether Donna Reed was…
As far as James Jones adaptations I've seen thus far (is he worth reading?), I prefer Minnelli's Some Came Running (as well as Malick's The Thin Red Line, but it doesn't feel right to put it alongside these two, and I haven't seen the 1964 film), but my mancrush on Burt Lancaster made it impossible to dislike, and Clift and Sinatra certainly didn't hurt.
Unfortunately, I cannot imagine the film would display striking synchronicity if viewed whilst simultaneously playing From Her To Eternity.
Never understood the popularity of this movie, the story is forced and trite and the direction and cinematography is very ordinary. I don't even get why the beach scene with Kerr and Lancaster is so revered, their interactions, dialogue wise, seem very superficial and esp these days come across very hackneyed. I guess the whole popularity of the movie hangs on the 5 seconds where the waves are crashing over them, which of course was very explicit at the time.
If you want to watch a more sophisticated movie with Lancaster and Kerr I rather highly recommend Separate Tables.
Remember when I thought this was just a dumb romcom they referenced in "Airplane!" and had no idea if was actually a Pearl Harbor movie? Good times...
Really unsettling in its misogyny. Ultimately frustrating in conclusion.
"Nobody ever lies about being lonely."
Gave it an extra star after watching the "Making Of" - it was made in defiance of the bigotry applying in the 50's. Filmed in easy on the eye B/W it features two excellent performances from Kerr and Clift. December 7 has the best scene.
I last saw this film around the time Michael Bay's PEARL HARBOR had come out, and so this seemed the natural film to get that horrible taste out of my mouth.
Revisiting it again years later, I've realized that the story really isn't about Pearl Harbor at all; it's a timeless story of the confusion and dysfunction of the military, both on a personal and organizational level. All the soldiers in this film are lost in life, too hard-headed and in conflict with each other to have any sense of cohesion or function as a unit. Only in the last fifteen minutes does the Pearl Harbor attack occur, and instead of unifying the American military into banding against a common…
Now it will be the first thing in my mind when someone says "romantic male movie".
This film really didn't age well at all. It was unfortunate that this Best Picture winning film with many great actors was bogged down by some occasionally very cheesy writing, but alas I could practically hear Joel Hodgson's voice in the back of my head the entire film. Quite frankly, I wasn't interested which was a shame because I really wanted to be. There was some solid direction but all in all it was too difficult for me to really get invested with lines like
"You hit me!"
"Yeah, and I'm about to do it again, too!"
Or how about,
"Nobody ever kissed me the way you do. Nobody."
Ultimately I was kinda dissappointed in From Here to Eternity considering the fact that it's a Best Picture winner. But oh well.
I kinda wish I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's. I love Moon River.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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