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Since You Went Away

Since You Went Away (1944)

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Release Date: Jul 20, 1944 Wide

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David O. Selznick's first production since 1940's Rebecca, Since You Went Away, based on Margaret Buell Wilder's bestselling novel, is a long but rewarding paean to the World War 2 "home front". Claudette Colbert plays the wife of a businessman who, though well past draft age, volunteered to serve his country as an officer (though the husband is never seen, he is "played"-via a photograph-by Neil Hamilton). Fighting back her own fears and anxieties, Colbert does her best to maintain a normal,

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Drama, Classics

Oct 19, 2004

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (2) | DVD (6)

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.

June 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

December 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

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.

February 26, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Beautifully made wartime drama with stellar cast.

November 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

World War II propaganda homefront schmaltz

August 13, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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.
November 11, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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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.
February 3, 2009
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Randy Tippy

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long and at times a little heavy on the corn but also very touching with beautiful cinematography and fine performances.
October 6, 2007
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jay nixon

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Likely very memorable during the war days. Here we have the tale of pining away for people who have gone overseas without modern communication to let you know immediately about potential fateful events. Nice music as well.
March 20, 2014
John Ballantine

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