Wednesday, January 23, 2013

OLDIE GOLDIES: From Here To Eternity (1953)

Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed with their Oscars

On this edition of Oldie Goldies, I look at an iconic film (that beach scene) from 1953 - From Here To Eternity. This drama/romance/war film features a phenomenal cast who deliver all the depth of the equally fantastic script. All 5 of the principal players (Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed) were duly acknowledged at the Oscars, as the film was a major awards player. It picked up 8 trophies (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Screenplay) in addition to 5 other nominations - Best Score, Best Costume Design, Best Actress and a pair of Best Actor nods for Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift.

Classic Quote
"Nobody ever lies about being lonely."

Classic Scene
"Kiss on the Beach"

Classic Characters
Sgt. Milton Warden (Burt Lancaster)

Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt (Montgomery Clift)

Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr)

Alma 'Lorene' Burke (Donna Reed)

Pvt. Angelo Maggio (Frank Sinatra)

Classic Song 
"From Here To Eternity" 

Did you know?
The material of the rather explicit novel had to be considerably toned down to appease the censors of the time.