October 1st, 2008

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Eternal Passion

I have been watching all the movies that won the Oscar for Best Picture and sharing my views. While I've been trying to watch them in order, I hit a snag when I tried to rent the 1949 winner, All the King's Men. Blockbuster, which has previously had a stellar accuracy record, mistakenly sent me the wrong movie three times: the 2006 remake starring Sean Penn, placed in a 1949 sleeve! So while I wait for the used copy I purchased on Amazon.com to arrive, I watched the 1953 winner, From Here to Eternity.

The film was directed by Fred Zinnemann, based on the novel by James Jones and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed. This film contains one of the all-time greatest love scenes.

The other Best Picture contenders that year were Julius Caesar, The Robe, Roman Holiday and Shane.

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