Thursday, May 27, 2010

Rent this: The Best Years Of Our Lives

If you want to see a movie that is an all out classic, that has aged like fine wine and simply hasn't dated itself even after a whopping 64 years, then go out check this gem of a film out. It was directed by William Wyler and it stars Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo and Harold Russell as the principle characters.
The movie was the first of many throughout the years about veterans surviving their war experience and feeling alienated and having difficulty adjusting back to the normality's of civilian life. Three WWII veterans ( March, Andrews and Russell ) return back to their small home town of Boone City, Iowa, having nothing in common but their war experience.
The film went on to garner seven Oscar nominations and winning them all for Picture, Actor ( March ) Supporting Actor ( Russell ) Director ( Wyler ) Editing, Score, and Screenplay.
If one didn't know the history of the film, Harold Russell was a real life G.I. amputee and was casted by Wyler with no acting experience whatsoever, so what you see in the character he plays is the real deal, and for a man with never being in front of a movie camera before, he does a fine and genuine performance.
Not just an old movie, but a classic that deserves to be in the top 50 of all time.

172 min.

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !