From Here To Eternity (1953)

FRED ZINNEMANN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1953.  .  Directed by .  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1953.  Cannes Film Festival 1953.  Golden Globe Awards 1953.  

Romance develops between a military wife (Deborah Kerr) and a serviceman (Burt Lancaster) before Pearl Harbour is bombed by the Japanese.  Montgomery Clift is brilliant as a fellow soldier who has a destructive relationship with prostitute Donna Reed in this excellent, mature war drama that is still just as potent today as it was when originally released. The scene with Kerr and Lancaster making out on the beach is still a classic image of red-blooded passion, and the film provided Kerr with a image-changing break from her prim, English schoolmarm roles (although we still love her in those too). The role was originally offered to Joan Crawford, but she turned it down after hassling over her salary and wardrobe.

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