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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.
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…
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…
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'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.
Mark Harris wrote a great book about the Hollywood filmmakers who went to WWII and shot all the footage we now know today. And then they had to come back to a Hollywood that had in many ways forgotten them. One of them, William Wyler, made this fantastic film, so I talked to him about his book and this masterpiece.
Post war anxieties about the aftermath for the troops. Coping with disability.
A nice little drama about some of the hardships war veterans go through relationship wise. So there are not direct war scenes here, this is all about the post-war struggle of the 2nd world war.
I really appreciate the message it is trying to convey here though. It speaks more about the emotions of individuals that struggle to adjust to their new way of life. It rightfully won best picture at the Oscars and to this day it still resonates well given the wars that have been going on around the world as of late.
It is without a doubt a standout flick when it comes to Hollywood in the post-war era. I'd imagine this captured very well the sentiment…
The best years of our lives ... if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.
So I finally watched this sentimental post-war drama. This damned movie, which deprived "It's a wonderful life" of several oscars. This blind rage subconsciously grew inside of me: "Screw that movie! Frank Capra's tale of George Bailey is the best movie of 1946! Suck it Oscars!", although I've never seen William Wyler's flick. Well for me personally, the classic Christmas story will always have a special place at the bottom of my heart, but admittedly I simply can't ignore the important existence of The best years of our lives, nor its greatness.
The war is over, America is the victor,…
I don't think it needed to be quite as long as it was, but it's a job well done. Glossy and soapy and all things Golden Age Hollywood, yet it undoubtedly hits home truths about the seemingly idyllic suburbia of post-WWII America.
I hate to use the caveat "for a Golden Age Hollywood movie", but that moniker is entirely suitable here: this movie is a great, contemplative character study, for a Golden Age Hollywood movie. It shows perfectly well how deep those movies could be, if they wanted to. There are still some soapy elements, but nothing that detracts from the film.
good post WWII pic dealing with WWII returning soldiers
iMDB Top 250 #231
A fine story about 3 men and their return to the world after the war. But incredibly long for the story that was presented, which made the movie seem too stretched out, and became tiresome at several points. Not for me.
THIS IS A FANTASTIC FILM.
I've watched three three hour films this week and given them all five stars. This is probably my favorite of the bunch. Not since 'The Apartment' have I seen a classic Hollywood film that I have loved so much. Reading 'Five Came Back' beforehand and having some historical context and background information on the production really helped me appreciate it more. I think it may have jumped straight into my top twenty-five list. Time will tell if it stays there, but for now, I have no problem finding a spot for it.
They really don't make them like they used to.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
In chronological order, or I'm gonna sit here and rearrange until I'm eighty.