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November 05, 2006

From Here to Eternity - 7

In 1953, just twelve years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, this film came to theaters and highlights the tranquility and complacently that was shattered on December 7, 1941 in Hawaii. The film follows two soldiers who become caught up in their off duty life- which are love interests. One has an affair with his supervisor's wife (who in present day would be called "slutty"). The other leaves the military as he is caught up in jealousy. This allows the film to have elements of film noir, both on the personal level as well as the national tragedy of that day. It is interesting to see this film since 9/11 and the parallels drawn to Pearl Harbor. The films that have come out since then, might have taken something from this film (if nothing else it starts some good conversation about the historical consequences of big ideas). This film is also famous for its Oscar awards, and the classic beach scene with Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr. Highly recommended.

1 comment:

Jason said...

I'm a big fan of Sinatra's acting career, and this movie is a good example why.