Wednesday, January 13, 2016

From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity does have a few flaws through the supporting cast mainly Frank Sinatra's very underwhelming performance as Maggio, as well as Donna Reed's performance which I don't think is terrible though doesn't give the character the life you want. I've also never found the romance between the Sergeant and the Captain's wife extraordinary at least in terms of chemistry between Kerr and Lancaster despite both of them giving fine performance. Nevertheless it really does not hinder the film much. Even if there are few performances that underwhelm there are some great ones that make up for it. The rest of  the supporting cast is quite strong even in minor roles like Jack Warden and especially Ernest Borgnine. Than there is Montgomery Clift's great performance that actually manages to make up for Sinatra and Reed even when they seem a bit lacking. Sinatra did not make me care about Maggio, but Clift managed to make me to. In addition Fred Zinnemann's direction is outstanding. He creates such a vivid atmosphere of the base and the whole life of the soldier. He even manages to make certain elements, far more special than they would have been otherwise. That kiss on the beach for example does make the romance kinda unforgettable. It's not a flawless film, but its a great one.

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