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Since You Went Away

Claudette Colbert , Jennifer Jones , David O. Selznick , Edward F. Cline    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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By Nix Pix
"Since You Went Away" is David O. Selznick feeble attempt to turn a simple war time melodrama in a contemporary "Gone With The Wind." Running just under three-hours - and with enough tear-jerking moments to stock up three films, this cry-fest extraordinaire was meant to be a sincere tribute to all the families who stayed behind while their men went off to fight in World War II. Claudette Colbert stars as Mrs. Anne Hilton, the dutiful wife and mother of two evangelic daughters, Deborah (surprise, surprise - Jennifer Jones) and Briget (Shirley Temple - all grown up and not nearly as effective as during her childhood tenure at Fox). Selznick's screenplay concocts Anne as the veritable to0-good-to-be-true model of courage and strength on the home front. However, after the first hour or so, charting the family's day-to-day life and struggles get to wear a bit thin on the mind and heart.
In retrospect the doomed romance between Deborah and departing serviceman, William Smollett (Robert Walker) seems foreshadowing to the end of Walker and Jones marriage in real life. Guy Madison - a Selznick `discovery' whom the producer hoped would pay off in the same way as his earlier finds, failed to catch on, though in this film he is particularly used to good effect as the all American fighting boy in blue. Despite its shortcomings, "Since You Went Away" was a resounding box office success when it was released and was nominated for a truck-load of Oscars. But the tide of favorable preference in Academy voters had begun to turn against Selznick films by this time. "Since You Went Away" took only one statuette home for its moody and evocative black-and-white cinematography.
MGM's DVD is rather impressive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service & product Feb. 1 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Excellent sur toute la ligne. Produit de première qualité et expédié rapidement !
Exactement comme promis et selon la réputation du fournisseur.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally fantastic film July 13 2004
Oh, I am SO thrilled that this finally came out on DVD! I've yet to see it on disc, obviously, but regardless: it is an excellent film. Made me cry several times, and the family life depicted was moving and realistic. I would recommend it to just about anyone! Claudette Colbert is great as the mother, and it is neat seeing an older-at-last Shirley Temple. : ) Buy/see this wonderful movie today; can't go wrong with it on DVD!!! :D
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4.0 out of 5 stars The perfect Sunday afternoon experience. Feb. 10 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this yesterday on TCM. Yes it is sentimental and patriotic and a bit syrupy in the dialog. But it was released in 1944- meaning it was filmed right in the middle of World War II, so the sentiment and especially the times are aptly reflected. More than anything else, the film's virtues are from the performances. Claudette Colbert reminds me very much of Norma Shearer's matriarch in 'The Women:' warm, intelligent, and very likable, but surrounded by the constrictions and circumstances of the time. (It's interesting to hear her tell Joseph Cotten two hours into the film that she feels useless and is not contributing to the war effort when in fact she's been contributing all along.) Cotten is wonderful as her surrogate mate (still carrying a torch after all these years) and daughters Temple and the beautiful Jones are quite good. There is magnificent b/w cinematography- rich in shadows and geometric patterns, and fine editing which shows off a Norman Rockwell-like presentation of day-to-day life in rural America. The standout scene, of course is Jennifer Jones and Robert Walker (married in real life but separating at the time of the film) parting at the train station. The Steiner score (echoing the chugging of the train) and especially Jones' tearful run after the departing train are especially heartbreaking. (Does she sense her soldier's fate? Note the tragic, almost psychic expression on her face as she reads the engraving on the watch.) Good performances also from Agnes Moorehead and Selznick veteran Hattie McDaniel. Nominated for a ton of Oscars, and deservedly so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite all-time movie March 3 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
This is my favorite all-time movie.The cast is wonderful and it has a happy ending. I think it depicts wartime on the homefront exceptionally well.A classic that never gets old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD availability? May 10 2002
By S. Dees
Format:VHS Tape
Why hasn't Anchor Bay, who does such wonderful work with the old classics, released this evergreen classic on DVD? It certaily deserves it! Anchor Bay......?
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5.0 out of 5 stars other Great tearjerkers April 5 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
If you really want to cry,see "Tomorrow Is Forever" with Claudette Colbert,Orson Welles,George Brent and Natalie Wood in her first film role as a very young Austrian refugee."Lidice",which is near impossible to find,will consume all of your Kleenex inventory and if you want gut-wrenching heartbreak,check out the Russian classic (available on DVD)"Come and See".PS Ironiccally,Max Steiner,who wrote the film score and won the Oscar for Best Film Score that year is not referred to anywhere on the "Since You Went Away" jacket/packaging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film! Nov. 4 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I really enjoyed this film and highly recommend it!
I'd give it more stars if I could.
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