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Waterloo Bridge (Sous-titres français) [Import]

Vivien Leigh , Robert Taylor , Mervyn LeRoy    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Mervyn LeRoy's 1940 remake of Waterloo Bridge, based on the play by Robert E. Sherwood, stars Robert Taylor as Scotsman Roy Conin, a middle-aged officer in the British army who reflects--on the eve of Britain's entry into World War II--on lost love during the last Great War. Told in flashback, Roy's ill-fated romance begins in a chance meeting with ballerina Myra Deauville (Vivien Leigh) during a London air raid. In less than two days, Roy's near-obnoxious, aristocratic self-confidence and boyish exuberance sweep Myra off her feet and she agrees to marry him before he ships out for duty in Germany. But there's no time for the wedding, and during what should be a happy first meeting with Roy's mother (Lucile Watson), Myra receives mistaken information that Roy is dead on a battleground. From there, Myra spirals downward into poverty and prostitution, until cruel fortune reveals that Roy is quite alive. While a tearjerker, Waterloo Bridge also says something about wartime conditions where women are caught between pressures of survival (especially where and when women have few options) and social values that condemn them for staying alive by any means. Told as delicately as possible, the film is directed with tasteful straightforwardness by LeRoy (Random Harvest) and the key performances by Taylor and Leigh strike exactly the right melodramatic but not bathetic pitch. Nice work, too, by Virginia Field as Myra's equally luckless friend.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Star-crossed Love... Nov. 6 2001
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One of the most memorable romantic films ever made about star-crossed love, cleaned-up and loosely based on four-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and editor Robert E. Sherwood's play. Wounded and appalled by the carnage and devastation of World War I, Sherwood resolved to do all he could to help stop future wars. This attitude appears in his numerous Broadway plays.
Beautifully performed for the screen by Vivien Leigh ("A Streetcar Named Desire", "Gone With The Wind"--her two Oscars)-- as Myra Lester, a fragile ballerina --and Robert Taylor ("Quo Vadis", "Ivanhoe") as Roy Cronin, a young Captain in the Rendleshire 'Broken Lance' Fusiliers, whose chance meeting at Waterloo Bridge amidst an air raid during World War I sets the stage for this tear-jerker of a movie. Very good supporting roles came with Lucille Watson as Lady Margaret Cronin--Roy's mother;her best scene was when she and Myra first met at the restaurant, trying to understand Myra's strange behavior. Maria Ouspenskaya as Madame Kirowa, true to form playing the 'old dragon and broomstick.' Virginia Field as Kitty, Myra's true friend and roommate, who unfortunately eased her towards the wrong side of the street, upon learning (wrongly, as it turned out) of Roy's death. And Sir C. Aubrey Smith as the Duke, Roy's uncle...the quintessential Englishman from his backbone to his stiff upper lip, (he was knighted and made an OBE) giving off that quiet gentility and confidence.
Beautiful and poignant scenes abound in this film: --Roy and Myra's dancing together to the "Auld Lang Syne Waltz" while looking at each other tenderly without any spoken words before he leaves for France....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beside GWTW, this is Vivien's best movie Jan. 20 2003
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This movie is what i'd call "the best movie I have ever seen since GWTW" this movie was the first movie Vivien starred in after GWTW. I heard this movie was also her favorite. I bet I can tell why! Waterloo Bridge, is about a young woman <Leigh> Myra Lester and a young man who's a ballet dancer <Taylor> Roy who is in the army, It starts of where Roy is on the Waterloo Bridge thinking about Myra. It's years after. And then the story starts years before. Roy and Myra meet on Waterloo Bridge during a bomb attack and go under the ground for shelter. Under the ground, they talk together and everything and become very good friends. After Myra's performance, they sneak out to dinner and thats a very memorable scene! Then after a while, they decide to get married, but Myra lost her job. So to raise herself and her friend Kitty, Myra's friend turns to prostitution. Myra turns to it too believing Roy is dead in action as she reads in the paper. But while she's at the station waiting for another man prostitute, Theirs Roy! He takes her with him and they go to get married. When they reach his home, Myra can't keep the secret anymore, and tells his mother Lady Margret. Myra runs away and Roy goes to look for her. Then you see Myra alone on Waterloo Bridge looking over the edge, when army trucks go by. And she starts walking. 1 army truck.....2 army trucks.......3 army trucks.....4 army trucks......And Myra throws herself under it and dies. But in the middle of the street, is her little lucky charm. And Roy somehow later. finds it. And then it goes back to him years after on Waterloo Bridge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER JEWEL IN VIVIEN'S CROWN. Nov. 10 2002
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Vivien Leigh is magnificent as Myra, the young ballet dancer who falls in love with handsome Roy Cronin, a British army officer, who has been called to duty. They met on Waterloo Bridge during an air raid and commenced dancing at the Candlelight Club where they vowed to marry. When Myra believes Roy dead, she drifts into the seedy world of prostitution after she has been dismissed from the ballet school. The newspaper report of Cronin's death turns out to be erroneous, however: Roy and Myra accidentally meet....Leigh's performance is the core of the film: she's as brilliant as she is beautiful. Her metamorphasis from a delicate, virginal and romantic girl to a lost, pitiful and pessimistic woman (due to fateful circumstances) is a stunning account of her bravura acting ability: if Scarlett O'Hara won her an Oscar and made her a star, Myra solidy confirmed her undeniable talent. All the supporting performances are splendid: Lucile Watson as Roy's aristocratic mother, Virginia Field as Kitty, Myra's loyal roommate who visits Primrose Path, and the tyrannical ballet impresario as played by the great Maria Ouspenskaya. This was Robert Taylor's favourite film and his performance ranks with his best. Robert E. Sherwood's 1930 play was filmed priorly by Universal in 1931. Mae Clarke won kudos for her interpretation of Myra, Roy was played Douglass Montgomery and Bette Davis had a bit. Hopefully, it may make it to video someday. As with Taylor, this was Leigh's personal favourite of all her films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vivien Leigh at her very best. Aug. 27 2002
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Beautiful, sensitive love story told in flashback, loosely based on Robert E. Sherwood's play, of the doomed love between aristocratic british army officer Robert Taylor and frail and lovely, classic ballerina-turned-into-streetwalker, Vivien Leigh, at the peak of her natural beauty.
This movie was filmed after Miss Leigh's success in "Gone With the Wind" and she gives a great tragic performance as ballerina Myra Lester, and Robert Taylor is much better than usual as Captain Roy Cronin. Very good acting by the supporting players too: pretty Virginia Field is also great in a heart-felt performance as Leigh's very loyal & supportive friend; Madame Maria Ouspenskaya, once again gives a knowing authoritative performance as the strict ballet coach; Lucile Watson is very understanding, sweet and charming as Lady Margaret, the hero's mother; and last but not least, C. Aubrey Smith, very effective as usual, as the Duke, Taylor's Uncle.
Filmed before in 1931, at Universal Studios and directed by James Whale, much more faithfully to Robert E. Sherwood's play, with Mae Clarke and Douglass Montgomery in the leads, with newcomer Bette Davis in a small role. Then again, remade in 1956, as "Gaby" with Leslie Caron and John Kerr.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Classic!
Terrific acting from all the actors makes this an absorbing and first rate film for everyone.Highly recommended for all who appreciate the classics!
Published 4 months ago by George Mahony
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old War Movie
Movie is set in WW II and has a sad tear-jerker ending. Very romantic and set in England during a time of hardship for many.
Published on July 24 2012 by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars une merveille de cinéma
Enfin ce film en DVD. Introuvable en Europe, j'ai enfin pu l'acquérir via Amazon.ca
Une merveille de cinéma et un drame bouleversant. Read more
Published on April 17 2010 by Arobase37
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Tragic Romance
When pressed to name her favorite of her own films, Vivien Leigh brushed aside both GONE WITH THE WIND and STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE in favor of this now little-known film based on a... Read more
Published on March 18 2003 by Gary F. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Roy and Myra will steal your heart!
"Waterloo Bridge" is a tender love story set in England during WWI. I really love this movie because of the beautiful development of the stars's romance. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Waterloo Bridge
This film is a classic! If you love Gone with the Wind you will love this film! It's very depressing but fabulous. You will be crying you're eyes out when its over! Read more
Published on Dec 29 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Waterloo Bridge
This film is a classic! If you love Gone with the Wind you will love this film! It's very depressing but fabulous. You will be crying you're eyes out when its over! Read more
Published on Dec 29 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Waterloo Bridge
This is a wonderful movie. Vivian Leigh and Robert Taylor are both captivating in this movie. I was a big fan of Vivian Leigh and when I saw that she was in it I decided to watch... Read more
Published on April 13 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars impressive
I don't think this is one of the well known Leigh films, but it should be. It's incredible. It's the tale of a young ballet dancer who meets a soldier during WWII on "the... Read more
Published on June 26 2001
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