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A Place in the Sun (Full Screen)
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Contrast of rich and poor, as the aspiring young man becomes obsessed with murdering his factory girl fianc?e when offered the chance to get a rich wife.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Release Date: 8-AUG-2006
Media Type: DVD
George Stevens won an Oscar for his 1951 adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's novel An American Tragedy, though the film seems a little overwrought today and even self-parodying at times. Still, Montgomery Clift's performance as a poor lad so drawn to a rich, beautiful girl (Elizabeth Taylor) that he contemplates killing his lower-class fiancée (Shelley Winters) is powerful, sympathetic, and mesmerizing. Taylor makes a strong impression, but Winters is awfully good in the less-glamorous role. The tone of the film is oppressive--the film doesn't exactly breathe with possibility--but there are lots of good reasons to give this movie a visit. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I'm not a fan of doing book to movie comparisons. I figure that film and literature are two different art forms, so I shouldn't compare their rendering of the story anymore than I would compare the same story as presented in a painting as opposed to a ballet. So I tried to take the film on its own merits (admittedly difficult to do, since I watched the movie on the same day I finished the book), but even at that, I think the movie falls short.
Clift plays George Eastman, poor nephew to a rich, socially elite family in a small New York state factory town. He's been invited by his uncle to come and work in the Eastman factory, giving him an entre into a world of luxury that has always been out of his grasp due to his family's humble position (they run a mission and preach on the streets). George strikes up a love affair with Alice Tripp (Shelley Winters), a girl who works with him in the factory, but his attentions for her quickly fade when he becomes interested in Angela Vickers, another member of the rich set, played by Liz Taylor. Complications ensue, and George finds himself and his situation spiralling drastically out of control, with an ending more tragic than he ever thought possible.
George Stevens directs the film with a sure hand, and there are some breathtaking displays of directorial skill.Read more ›
It's almost as if reviewers consider these movies to be "sacred" entities, that it would in fact be a mortal sin for them to fairly criticize them by today's standards. Perhaps there is also the fear of going against the grain of public opinion, being critical of a movie that the masses continue to hold up as "great". In few cases is this more evident than for the movie "A Place in the Sun", which, by the way, charts at #92 on AFI's list of the 100 greatest American movies of all time.
I have no problem in honoring movies from the early years of Hollywood for being significant or progressive for their time (like "All Quiet on the Western Front"), anymore than I do in honoring Vivaldi for his work in advancing music prior to Beethoven. But I do believe reviewers would do potential viewers a great service by realistically comparing older movies, particularly dramas, with their modern-day counterparts.
That being said, if the movie "A Place in the Sun" was remade using modern day actors and performed in precisely the same manner and style today, do you think anyone would realistically give it the kind of ratings seen on this forum (4 1/2 stars)? I think not. Instead, it would be ridiculed as being predictable, melodramatic, and dreadfully dull, and it would most likely receive a deservedly lower rating (not to mention an overall "thumbs down").
It should be pointed out that the one semi-bright spot in this movie is Elizabeth Taylor's typically radiant performance, but even that effort falls well short of making this a good movie.Read more ›
There are so many layers to this film that are still very engrossing, such as Clift's internal struggle between what he can have and what he wants to obtain - reality or dream. With Liz Taylor as the rich and beautiful dream girl who actually falls for him, makes his self inflicted circumstances all the more fateful.
The other layer to this film is the outstanding performance of Shelly Winters who makes the audience identify with her throughout the film. Although she is plain and working class, we can see that she is decent and no less a catch in her own right.
The DVD transfer is only o.k. The disc is film quality, but the film visibly shakes in a couple of scenes that is distracting. There is however, an enjoyable commentary by Stevens Jr. and Ivan Moffat who complement the technical with inside anecdotes.
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Le description du DVD indiquait en langue Portugaise et Françcaise, celui reçu est en anglais seulement,
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Excellent! This film is extremely rare and I wasn't able to find it ANYWHERE. I was only able to find the Portugese version on Amazon until I found this, thank you!!!! Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2013 by Souris
This is a sad movie but one I think I can watch over and over. Montgomery Clift was a very good actor. Read morePublished on June 26 2013 by mater
Ever wanted something you couldn't have? Ever wanted it so badly you'd kill to have it? In "A Place in the Sun" George Eastman (Montgomery Clift), a poor young man with big... Read morePublished on April 7 2004 by Veronica L. Rivera
This film is a classic. The reviewer who says this film is overrated due to it being a 1950s film is wrong. He only wishes he could land a gorgeous beauty like Elizabeth Taylor. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2003
I'm not paying almost 30 dollars for a standard format DVD. I have this on VHS in standard and that does me fine until they release the DVD in widescreen. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2003 by Donna F. Enriquez
Paramount Studios presents a 1951 version of Theodore Dreiser's novel "An American Tragedy." A Place in the Sun is a six-time Oscar winning movie staring Cliff Montyomery... Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2003 by Kiemberley South
The movie "A Place in the Sun" was based on the best selling novel "An American Tragedy" written by Theodore Dreiser. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2003
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