I Remember Mama (Sous-titres franais)
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I Remember Mama (DVD)
This high point in the 1940s vogue for movies about family life at the turn of the century was directed by George Stevens (Shane), and stars Irene Dunne as the matriarch of a Norwegian family that faces hard knocks with grace in 1910 (or so) San Francisco. Based on John Van Druten's hit play (derived from Kathryn Forbes's autobiographical memoir), the film is gorgeously rendered and quite moving as an act of memory. The sterling cast of character actors--Edgar Bergen, Rudy Vallee, Oscar Homolka, Barbara Bel Geddes, Ellen Corby, Cedric Hardwicke--add great texture and a depth of experience that make the film feel quite lived-in. Hardwicke's turn as a penniless boarder who "pays" his rent by reciting from classic literature is a special highlight. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It has all the qualities of a good family film; sorrow, laughter, you name it. Fantastic.
or as one would say in scandinavian, so meget god (so very good)
Unfortunately more could have been done to clean up this print before rushing it out to DVD. Warner's transfer is marred by a considerable amount of age related artifacts. Though the gray scale is nicely balanced at times, the image often tends to exhibit an overly soft quality that is more blurry than evocative of mood or style. There is also a considerable amount of film grain present in most scenes. Otherwise, black and contrast levels on the whole tend to be deep and nicely balanced. There are no digital anomalies. The audio is mono and suffers at times from a muffled characteristic. Background hiss is detected in quiescent scenes. A brief introduction by the director's son, George Steven's Jr. is all the extras you get. Bottom line; this film still gets my recommendation for a must have Christmas stocking stuffer. It may not be presented here in its optimal condition but regardless, is sure to warm the heart throughout the holidays and beyond.
Irene Dunn plays "Mama", the matriarch of a Norwegian immigrant family in early 1900's San Francisco. She and "Papa" are poor, but proud, raising several "American born" children. A repeated statement that they "won't have to go to the bank" eventually is revealed as a "white lie" told by Mama so the children wouldn't worry about the family's financial state. There really was no "bank".
The narrator is a teenage girl (wonderfully played by Barbara Bel Geddes), giving the viewer an insight into her extended family, often sharing funny moments, but also showing very touching scenes. A young Ellen Corby ("Grandma Walton") is wonderful as Aunt Trina, who is not taken seriously by her relatives, but gains respect when she is courted and wed by a man who loves and treats her well.
The film introduces each family member individually, then discribes the person, until the viewer seems "at home", knowing everyone well. The film climaxes with the lead character (Bel Geddes) reading the introduction to her first published book ("I Rememeber Mama"). -- This film is a delight to watch from beginning to end. Be sure to keep a box of kleenex within reach! This film has my highest recommendation!
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I'm very happy to finally have this movie on DVD. I feel like it is a better quality than the VHS tape I had previously and now I don't have to worry about it wearing out. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This film is a memoir of the eldest daughter of Norweigan immigrants, set in San Francisco at the turn of the century. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Hale & Hardy
Excellent movie! The whole family enjoyed it. All are very good actors (of course) indeed. And more important for me - it was close captioned. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sharon Ford
A Classic; "Worth It's Weight In Gold" ..... I'm Very Happy to have it in my collection....Happy Happy Happy Happy.....Published 20 months ago by Ron Miller
This is a magnificent performance by a wonderful artist, Irene Dunne, PLEASE....DVD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great Movie...see it!Published on June 11 2004 by Ballet Boy