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Something to Live for

Joan Fontaine , Richard Derr , George Stevens    Unrated   DVD

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Joan Fontaine plays a famous actress who descends into alcoholism in this classic melodrama directed by George Stevens (A Place in the Sun). Ray Milland in an unofficial extension of his classic Lost Weekend role; plays a reformed drunkard who comes to Fontaine’s rescue, encouraging her to join Alcoholic Anonymous while continuing to struggle with his own demons. The two lost souls fall in love, but they refuse to endanger his marriage; no matter how strong their feeling are for each other. Teresa Wright co-stars as Milland’s wife. Costume design by legendary designer, Edith Head (Sunset Boulevard).

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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful bitter-sweet romance March 12 2012
By M. SKIADA - Published on Amazon.com
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A brand new DVD of this film will be out on March 27,2012 and I eagerly await to see it, hoping it will have a much better picture quality than the bad copy I already have. The film itself is so beautiful and so realistic, it makes you enter into the lives of the heroes and share their feelings. The inspired direction of George Stevens gives this film its quaracter, poetic and everyday life at the same time. The performances by Ray Milland and Joan Fontaine are unique, touching, humorous and tender... They match so well together, their great chemistry is apparent in every scene. Ray Milland has never shown such a vulnerability, such a need for the love of a woman as in this film, probably that's why I consider it one of my most favorites.
Not the usual Hollywood happy end for this romance, though... The end is bitter-sweet , but there is still an optimistic notion, that as long as you have the knowledge of someone out there that you love and who loves you back, it's OK, you can go on living, and be happy with what you have, even though you are not allowed to be together.
This film has a very special place in my DVD collection and I highly recommend it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The classics are the best March 1 2013
By Jan LaFata - Published on Amazon.com
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Great movie. Glad that you have it on DVD. It arrived fast and it has good audio and video quality to it
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Seeing Jan. 8 2014
By rater25 - Published on Amazon.com
This film is an example of the Hollywood Machine in its heyday producing a rare "offbeat" attempt at everyday realism. It is an "adult" treatment of a common but awkward and unrespectable situation. You can hear the studio execs screaming about how downbeat and unpleasant it was. It very much reminded me of “MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT” with Kim Novak and Fredric March. As a result, even when such things were somehow produced, the studio did not support them with proper publicity and they would sink fast. The fact is that this is a masterfully and imaginatively directed film with a generally good script and fine actors giving their all. It deserves to be seen, especially by those seriously interested in Hollywood films of the period. Viewers like Mr. One To Skip are exactly the type the execs always had in mind. Luckily, film makers and actors felt differently and very occasionally got to pursue their vision.

Olive’s transfer of this film is exemplary, sharp and showing strong contrast. It could pass as a BD.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition April 16 2014
By MW - Published on Amazon.com
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The DVD was in great condition and great quality. However, the movie was less than wonderful. I did not like the ending.
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3.0 out of 5 stars George Stevens Vehicle Dec 19 2013
By Christina Panczyk - Published on Amazon.com
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Ray Milland and Joan Fontaine are really great actors. I feel that Joan Fontaine is not quite convincing enough in this role as a drunk. She is such a lady. I felt that Teresa Wright gave a more convincing and powerful performance as the wife of an advertising man who is recovering alcohol and who falls in love with an alcoholic and aspiring actress, There are some strange and awkward scenes between the leads and segues. One particular scene is hearing only their voices in a darkened theatre. Or an Egyptian sculpture fading to Teresa Wright's face.

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