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The Best Years of Our Lives
Three wonderful loves in the best picture of the year!
It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare. Captain Fred Derry is returning to a loveless marriage; Sergeant Al Stephenson is a stranger to a family that's grown up without him; and young sailor Homer Parrish is tormented by the loss of his hands. Can these three men find the courage to rebuild their world? Or are the best years of their lives a thing of the past?
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…
The perfect movie.
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.
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.
Amazing. A pretty sad but fun look at soldier’s lives post World War 2 and about finding love and stuff. An amazing love story, extremely well directed (parts were like Citizen Kane level). I liked this almost as much as Casablanca.
Uncommonly tender study of readjustment and accepting change after war. Its clever deep focus cinematography and framing produces such meaningful connections within each story. Myrna Loy and Dana Andrews are the highlight among such strong performances across the board. Didactic in ways that are maybe too much, particularly the handling of Russell's character, but doesn't go overboard with it either to sink the film. One of the Greatest Best Picture winners. A-
AMAZING FILM of the damaged lives of those individuals returning from war. Touching, intimate, and entertaining. The time flies in this 2 hr 50 min film. Very memorable.
Veterans' Day felt like the appropriate moment to watch this film.
Dana Andrews' performance is heartbreaking. And really, all the details of this film. It's the small things, the nuances, the moments of relatively quiet pain that make this a deeply human story.
There isn't a bland performance among the cast. Myrna Loy as the sensible but ever radiant mum. Fredrich March as the father who wants to reconnect with his family. MGM's wise darling of drama Teresa Wright. Dana Andrews, the veteran who is esteemed for his service but not for himself. Virginia Mayo playing against type as the gold-digger wife.
And oh my soul. The Homer & Wilma feels.
I so wish I could find words that would accurately describe The Best Years of Our Lives. I can't. I don't like dramas, but this one isn't played for drama. It's played for empathy. Go watch it and feel something.
A hefty (172 minutes) piece of moviemaking that seemed to satisfy the
public desire to see what changes the Second World War had made in people's lives. Despite its seven Academy Awards, it's not a great picture; it's too schematic and it drags on after you get the points. However, episodes and details stand out and help to compensate for the soggy plot strands, and there's something absorbing about the banality of its large-scale good intentions; it's compulsively watchable. And it's by no means a rah-rah film-there's an undercurrent of discontent. Fredric March is the infantry sergeant who comes home to his small (apocryphal) Midwestern city and the love of his wife (Myrna Loy) but finds no pleasure in his…
I don't know. Don't ask. Movies are subjective. Objectively speaking, the script flows between corny and legitimately great. Drunk performances are at their most 1940s-legit. God bless America. Go vote.
As a military plane carrying three servicemen returning from World War II flies over an airfield, the men remark at the lines of airplanes, overproduced at the end of the war, now waiting to be raided for scrap. "From the assembly yard to the junk yard," comments Fred (Dana Andrews), noting the irony that the peace is now causing disruptions just as the war did. These plans were being mass produced for an essential purpose, yet that purpose has since become obsolete. The Best Years of Our Lives proceeds to tell the story of the human beings who find themselves in the same position as these junkyard planes.
The film follows the homecomings of the three men. Al (Fredric March)…
'I've seen nothing, I should have stayed at home and found out what was really going on.'
The Best Years of Our Lives is all about Harold Russell. A real veteran and amputee thrust into a film about the emotionally turbulent period immediately following the war, he is the beating heart of the film, tragic and optimistic in equal measure, and endlessly admirable. William Wyler's mid-war melodrama Mrs Miniver may have relied to heavily on the extraordinary to make its straightforward points about British resilience and Nazi evil, but here he is more thoughtful, about the consequences of war for the fighters and those they left behind, and how life on the fringes of the conflict goes on while the…
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