A Private War
Crazy Rich Asians
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Selznick placed a big bet on Shirley Temple's comeback and she pays off enchantingly as a dogged, sensitive, practical little girl with a talent for bargaining.
Some could potentially find it too sentimental, but the tone is comparable to what you'd find in one of Frank Capra's movie of the era ... Since You Went Away is a sweet film, and it's a true surprise that it's not better-remembered today.
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
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.
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.
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.
long and at times a little heavy on the corn but also very touching with beautiful cinematography and fine performances.
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