Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
On the Beach
The Biggest Story of Our Time!
In 1964, atomic war wipes out humanity in the northern hemisphere; one American submarine finds temporary safe haven in Australia, where life-as-usual covers growing despair. In denial about the loss of his wife and children in the holocaust, American Captain Towers meets careworn but gorgeous Moira Davidson, who begins to fall for him. The sub returns after reconnaissance a month (or less) before the end; will Towers and Moira find comfort with each other?
When you make dystopian sci-fi today, you expect it to come out as some sort of action movie; when you made it in the 1950's, it came out as a melodrama. A complete tonal opposite to the recent Mad Max: Fury Road, On the Beach has all the social commentary and suicidal nihilism, but instead of the colorful visuals and explosive thrills it plays more like an existential soap opera. That's probably a turn-off for many people (and it seems a bit unappealing after the madness of Fury Road), but for what it's trying to do it delivers quite successfully.
The film is essentially a four-point character study, with the focus on Gregory Peck's submarine captain and Ava Gardner's landlocked…
"No time to love, and nothing to remember. Nothing worth remembering."
Well, that's my heart in a million pieces on the floor.
So far, all of the "end of the world" films I've seen have been about characters who mourned their lives being cut short as they were aware of all they had to live for. Never had I seen a character shrug their shoulders and go, "well, it's all a bit shit anyway, right, this is hardly a surprise" - until I saw Ava Gardner is this film.
Of course, summarising her character in that manner is hugely unfair, considering the incredibly fragile performance Gardner gives here. It goes without saying this is a massively emotional film, as essentially…
I wish I would have liked this more than I did. A movie about sad beautiful people in black and white, thrown together through tragic circumstances, occasionally drinking too much? Sounds like the kind of movie that swiftly lands in my favorites drawer. But something felt off.
To tell you the truth, I felt kinda stupid while watching this. It seemed like I couldn’t really follow the story. Maybe it’s the heat that’s melting down my brain. Or maybe it’s because everyone here looked so sickeningly gorgeous that I wouldn't be surprised if it makes one go a little dumb.
I’m talking about Gregory Peck (who's never looked more than a Greek God and has rarely been this nuanced) and…
The question at the heart of this film is " How would we live our lives knowing that all of mankind will be dead in 5 months"? Would be riot and be destructive? Would we be overwhelmed by the ridiculousness, fragility, and apparent disposability of life? Would this cause us to be despondent or would we discover a sense of calm euphoria, and a tranquility knowing the end is near? Would we become delusional hoping against hope?
One thing that I liked about this movie is that even with five months to live, life went on. People still got up…
Is it possible to protect yourself from nuclear radiation by using lots of sunscreen? Maybe SPF 1000.
“Who do you think started it, the war?”
I selected this film for the Cult Movie Challenge-theme with 50s sci-fi films and while On the Beach qualifies for that category it’s a pretty peculiar beast in that context. Granted, Stanley Kramer’s film revolves around a nuclear disaster wiping out humanity – but while this is a Cold War post (and non-post) apocalyptic sci-fi it holds an admirable comforting peaceful aura.
Starting out as somewhat of a love-story, On the Beach branches out to become a touching film about a possible end of the world in a way that’s not often seen. The relationships are easy to buy into it and the actors do a fine job in capturing this odd…
The whole population of the northern hemisphere having seemingly been wiped out in a devastating nuclear holocaust, the last place on earth able to still support life is an ever dwindling section of Australia's east coast. The survivors include Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins and (of all people) in his first none musical film role, Fred Astaire. Astaire (despite hamming it up a bit too much and using a wobbly unlocatable accent) gives a surprisingly effective and affecting performance and whilst winning the final Australian GP he looks like a geriatric tortoise, which has to count for something.
The film shows people not descending into anarchy (there isn't perhaps time) but just getting on with things. No one knows…
Linus Pauling was quoted as saying, "It may be that some years from now we can look back and say that ON THE BEACH is the movie that saved the world." The greatest ability of the director, Stanley Kramer, may have been for eliciting fatuous endorsements from eminent people. This cautionary tale brings together a group of stars and puts them on the littoral of Australia, to await the lethal hydrogen-bomb cloud that has wiped out the rest of the world's population. Gregory Peck plays the commander of an American submarine with his customary relentless dignity, even when he's cuddling up with Ava Gardner, a lovable wildflower "who has lived too hard and drunk too much." Anthony Perkins, one of…
Beautiful transfer on this UK only Signal One Entertainment blu ray release. Following a nuclear war, humanity has all but disappeared except in Australia and on board the US submarine Swordfish, captained by Gregory Peck. Over two hours of talk, this amazing movie manages to convey the horror of what remains for those who have to face the inevitable in a matter of months. Good support from Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins and the great Fred Astaire in a rare dramatic performance that he carries with ease. Gregory Peck is superb in his role as the captain who has lost his wife and two children in the nuclear holocaust. A brilliantly directed atmospheric masterpiece.
On the Beach is a fine apocalyptic melodrama set in Australia, which is the only safe place on earth following a nuclear war. The survivors know that the fallout is coming their way and there is nothing they can do to stop it. The film is filled with rich characters and a couple of poignant love stories to offset the tragedy about to befall them.
Gregory Peck plays a naval captain who falls in love with Ava Gardner after his wife and two children left behind in the US are killed by the fallout. Anthony Perkins and Donna Anderson are another couple with a child who are struggling to deal with their impending doom.
Like many films of its era,…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Still powerful (perhaps more so due to being relatively coy in its depiction) film about the futility of waiting to die in the one isolated area of the world as yet unaffected in the aftermath of a nuclear war. There is something weirdly powerful about a film all about slow lingering death that itself is so drawn out. It is such a doomed film yet filled with people trying to carry on what life is left for as long as they can. Is that delusional? Probably, but what else is there to do while waiting?
There are some flaws in the film - none of the cast can really do convincing Australian accents, and you have to be okay with…
'I'm not against wishful thinking. Not now..'
The end of the world as envisaged by Nevil Shute in his novel and brought to the screen with sensitivity and intelligence by the Great Liberal of American cinema, Stanley Kramer, who directs a thought-provoking account of the aftermath of nuclear war where every living creature in the Northern hemisphere has been killed by the radioactive fall-out from the explosion(s) which is now drifting south to the last outposts in Australia where the citizens are awaiting the inevitable..
The horror of the situation dawns on you quietly and naturally and the process by which humanity is gradually snuffed out is implied with great skill, brilliant detail and an extremely effective handling of the…
After a nuclear war wipes out humanity in the northern hemisphere, a U.S. sub goes to Australia where one of the last surviving patches of humanity still survives. Unlike a lot of other science-fiction films of this era which cautions against nuclear war in fantastical ways, this one tackles the issue more explicitly. It has wonderful intentions and is quite effective in its anti-nuclear message and featuring some really good performances. However, like with many similar films of this ilk, the film is such a downer. You will feel bad afterwards. I'd like to think that this film is a product of its time and that it's no longer relevant since we have safeguards against nuclear war but damn, the U.S. elections this year has me might worried this movie will be unfortunately relevant again.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The apocalypse has already happened. The last survivors of the human race are waiting for the end. Just waiting.
Even after over 50 years this film remains immensely powerful. I can only imagine how powerful it must have been to viewers in the 50s, and I have no idea how it got passed the censors of the time.
The haunting story is made all the more crushing by the casting; Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins...all strong actors we're used to seeing in strong roles. Imagine being a 1950s cinema viewer watching the usually heroic Gregory Peck break down, unable to admit that his family are dead...or the usually all singing all dancing Fred Astaire slowly…
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