Since You Went Away (DVD, 2004)
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- iknewgarboSep 08, 2014by
Alla Nazimova's last screen role.
I won't elaborate the greatness of this film any further than all the 5 Star Reviews have already given, as I agree with the bulk of what is said about this film and the major Star roles in it.
I do want to mention that the great primarily silent actress Alla Nazimova gives her last screen performance in this film, and quotes the lines written by Emma Lazarus on The Statue of Liberty. A small role in this film, but very well done, and a fitting and powerful last scene for one of the great Stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood Silent Films leading into the "Talkies".
- dolladoptAug 31, 2011by
GONE WITH THE WIND during World War II
As the story begins, Ann Hilton (Claudette Colbert) has just sent her beloved husband, Tim, off to war. We never see Tim, just his photos. Ann and teenaged daughters, Jane (Jennifer Jones) and Brig (Shirley Temple) miss Tim very much, although the bulldog, Soda, steals the show. Enter Ann's ex-boyfriend, Tony (Joseph Cotten), who has remained a family friend and makes no secret of the fact that he still carries a torch for Ann. But now Jane, 17, is in love with Tony too. Tony is a roguish sort, kind of like Rhett Butler --- and Hattie McDaniel as the family maid reinforces the impression that this is GONE WITH THE WIND, set during World War II rather than the Civil War. Although I do recommend SINCE YOU WENT AWAY, it just misses the epic mark for three reasons. 1. It should have been in color. The winter scenes, the blazing sunsets, the wounded in the hospital -- all have their counterparts in GONE WITH THE WIND, and they are just not as powerful in black and white. 2. Since Tim is never seen, and Tony steps in to fill his shoes almost immediately (though apparently platonically), and the chemistry between Tony and Ann is so palpable, I found myself wishing Tim would die in battle and let everyone else live happily ever after --- and this is surely NOT the message Selznick wanted to convey. 3. At the end, Jane still seems to harbor more-than-daughterly feelings for Tony, who still makes it clear he prefers Ann...which leaves the film with an unfinished feeling and the uncomfortable suspicion that Tim is about to return home to a real mess. Realistic, perhaps, and maybe an opening for a sequel...but if the message is that women should remain loyal & independent while waiting for their husband/father to return from war, having charming Tony still playing substitute somewhat undermines that message.Read full review
- kimmed2005Mar 02, 2011by
Since you went away
For anyone who is old enough to remember what WWII is/was all about this movie depicts what the families of THAT time went through while their men fought for our present freedoms. If not for that war we could very well be speaking japanese or german. Don't poo-poo the significance of THAT war!!
- 202480160@delet...Jun 22, 2008by
Since You Went Away (movie)
Classic melodrama from the Forties with a great cast. Not a complicated plot, no swearing or nudity, just a "slice of life" from wartime era.
My all-time favourite of Claudette Colbert. Nice to be able to see the film again!
- dinesteinFeb 01, 2007by
Since You Went Away
I didn't know this movie was so long. It had an intermission. The movie was fantastic. So close to what is going on today and this was 64 years ago! It was wonderful to see how people went through their daily lives and tried to carry on even though the war was making everything difficult. It reminds us to be strong and go on living life and even having laughter and fun although there will be times to cry. Definetly a 3 hanky movie.