Since You Went Away (1944)
In this film, set during WWII, Claudette Colbert plays the wife of a businessman who, though well past draft age, volunteered to serve his country as an officer. Fighting back her own fears, Colbert does her best to maintain a normal, stable household for the sake of her growing daughters.
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Critic Reviews for Since You Went Away
Colbert is too good, and the script (though bloated) too full of lovely details about small town American life in the '40s to reject it outright.
In a vital period of film history, war films ran the gamut of topics, none more fascinating or heart-wrenching as those of the lives of the people left behind at home.
Selznick's schmaltzy tale of the heroic behavior of one "typical" American family during WWII boasts noble political values, but it's devoid of many artistic merits.
I cherished the film's three-hour running time because it gave me time to get to know these people, even love them a little.
Beautifully made wartime drama with stellar cast.
World War II propaganda homefront schmaltz
Audience Reviews for Since You Went Away
Selnick's slick paean to an idealized life at the homefront while Dad's away fighting the war shows an upper middle class family "roughing it" through. American propaganda, sure, but well done nonetheless, with the cast delivering on all counts. The music score, indeed the film itself, includes healthy doses of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" which was popular during filming. A dog steals the film though with comic bits leavening the drama throughout.More
Nice 40's drama reflecting the "war at home" during the height of WWII. Superb performances from Claudette Colbert and Lionel Barrymore. The knock on this one is it's length (three hours!) and it's occasionally forced sentimentality.More
long and at times a little heavy on the corn but also very touching with beautiful cinematography and fine performances.More
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