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The Best Years of Our Lives
Three wonderful loves in the best picture of the year!
The Best Years of Our Lives is a classic film from director Williams Wyler about three war veterans. The film earned seven Oscars in 1946.
The other day, I found myself watching a lovely episode of China Beach entitled "The Thanks of a Grateful Nation". The story follows Dodger as he returns home from Vietnam and struggles to reintegrate into everyday life. It reminded me that we have a lot of Vietnam-centric films on this topic. And it occurred to me I had never seen the granddaddy of all 'coming home' films; I decided it was time to fix that oversight.
Best Years of Our Lives is not the first 'coming home' film. (See the John Gilbert silent classic "The Big Parade" for a heartbreaking example from World War I.) But it's this film that to this day is one of the top 100 moneymakers…
Film #23 of Project 40
”I'd stand up for you, kid, til I drop.”
The Best Years of Our Lives has a special place among the movies made about WWII, you may expect to see some sort of a heroic movie celebrating the valor and sacrifice of those young men who went to the brutal battlefields of war but William Wyler’s film takes a totally different path. It might be one of the very earliest movies exploring the joyless and ruined lives of individuals who experience the horrors of war as Wyler zooms on a triangle of American war veterans who return home to continue their normal lives but soon realize that the experience they have gone through will cast…
I'm struggling to think of what a contemporary equivalent of this would look like.... Something from Hollywood with A-list actors that confronts the emotional and psychological toll of war on fully realized characters while still working as masterfully filmed melodrama... How mentally malnourished are people who hold the (demonstrably false) opinion that new Hollywood movies are somehow more sophisticated than "old ones?" We've been at war for over a decade and we get a few Lone Survivors a year, but where are the stories about soldiers at home? Too uncomfortable to confront, I suppose.
The perfect movie.
Encapsulating the worrisome uncertainty of a post-World War II America, The Best Years of Our Lives is an albeit long-winded three-pronged romantic drama but with a realism. Which is a strange way to describe I suppose, since realism is constantly in flux - constantly changing alongside time and events and personal experience, but for its time - this film was considered a realistic portrayal of three veterans' and their return home to a fictitious town by the name of Boone City. They're all of different military rank, different class but become pals on their journey home.
When they arrive home: life has changed for them. They each have potential/current wives and must reintegrate into civilian life negotiating their love life…
I cried three times during this film. Then I cried again as I recounted to my wife what made me cry the first time I cried during the film. If I tried to write about the moment now I would probably tear up.
And The Best Years of Our Lives isn't even heartbreakingly sad. It never wallows in misery. It is even funny at times. Really it's just wonderfully human. And it is full of so many powerful little moments that translate amazingly well 70 years after it was made.
I didn't expect to be so blown away by this film, but I supposed the fact that it was expertly written, acted and directed helped too.
happiness without an ever after
William Wyler’s “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946) is a story of three veterans – a soldier, a sailor and an airman – returning from total war to small-town USA. Wyler shows their difficulties “readjusting” – picking up ordinary lives where they left off, coping with physical disability and suppressed trauma, struggling to fit back into family life, and facing reactions from the wider society which range from sympathy to indifference. The victors of the war are shown also to be its victims. The film’s handling of these issues is surprisingly frank for its day and remains relevant as new conflicts have unfolded down the years, yielding new diagnoses of the problems faced by veterans. Wyler weaves together the…
Η επιστροφή στην πατρίδα μετά τη λήξη του Δευτέρου Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου και η προσπάθεια επανένταξης στην κοινωνία τριών στρατιωτών, οι οποίοι όμως αντιλαμβάνονται πως τα πράγματα δεν είναι τόσο απλά για αυτούς όσο πριν φύγουν για το μέτωπο. Ταινία θρύλος του αμερικάνικου κινηματογράφου, τεράστια εισπρακτική επιτυχία στην εποχή της και ανάλογος θρίαμβος στα Όσκαρ με εφτά βραβεία.Κατανοητό γιατί έγιναν αυτά το 1946 με τον πόλεμο και το δράμα των βετεράνων να είναι πολύ φρέσκα στη μνήμη,σήμερα όμως μπορούμε να πούμε πως η ταινία έχει μια κάπως απλοική προσέγγιση των πραγμάτων,ειδικά στο πρώτο της μισό που δείχνει την πρώτη μέρα και νύχτα των πρωταγωνιστών άμα τη επιστροφή τους στο σπίτι.Βελτιώνεται αισθητά στο δεύτερο μισό εμβαθύνοντας στις σχέσεις των ηρώων κάνοντας έτσι…
Every time I watch this, appreciate something new. This time it was Virginia Mayo's performance as the crummy wife - cinema gold!
Still the best coming-home-from war movie, because of its genuine attempt to be real about the difficulties faced by soldiers dumped back into civilian life after three years of fighting, as well the disruptive nature of their return on the routines of families and friends who kept the home fires burning. It's rare for a Hollywood picture of this period to be so up front about adulterous behaviour, which includes Dana Andrew's Fred and well as his no good wife, played by Virginia Mayo. The implication is that he was no saint either, while he was overseas. Also on the sexual forefront is the erotic charge between Fredric March and Myrna Loy — it's so palpable, you wish their scenes…
An unintentionally sappy, yet marvelous story of World War II soldiers coming back to their old lives and how they struggle to adjust. It's really one of the most likeable and joyous movies ever made. Certainly, it gets soap opera lkke, melodramatic if you will, but it's wonderful.
Beat out my It's a Wonderful Life, but this was the smart decision back then. A William Wyler Classic.
Three WWII vets return to a sleepy midwestern town and try to go on with their lives like nothing ever happened. This is my second viewing of the film, and I can say that, even at just under three hours, it never feels like a chore or homework. It's a powerful film set in a quaint microcosm bolstered by three incredible performances.
First, we get Harold Russell who, as is well-known by now, was an unprofessional actor giving a very good performance. He captures the "ho-hum-golly-gee-whiz"ness of Jimmy Stewart with the brutal, haunted undertones of his private life. The scene where he teaches his fiancée about his hooks is quiet devastation at some of its best, and William Wyler is…
A coming home story from every angle. Absolutely beautiful, life affirming and a truly enchanted taste of production code realism
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