Sunday, September 19, 2010
1953: From Here to Eternity
Okay, so it's another depressing war Best Picture. But it's also really good. The story is intriguing, powerful, and moving, and it has very well-developed characters. The casting was excellent, particularly in supporting roles. Frank Sinatra made a major comeback as Maggio, and he and Donna Reed (who played "Lorene") won Best Supporting Actor and Actress for their performances. It's fun to see Donna Reed in a not-so-wholesome role. I also like seeing Deborah Kerr play an American.
This film is well-done from a technical standpoint as well. Everything was shot and framed perfectly; I particularly liked one shot of Sgt. Warden as he leans against a wall next to a calendar that tells us it's Saturday December 6. It's so effortlessly stuck in, and it's a perfect reminder that something is coming, for viewers who are paying attention. Little things like that make this film brilliant. It's probably most famous for Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr kissing on the beach, but there's so much more to it than that. Yes, it's depressing, but it's a well-told story, and that's what a film should be.
Next: On the Waterfront