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Friday, July 22, 2005

This Above All (1942) - part1 - Anatole Litvak

"Another movie, another planet".
This week let's get a close up on a Hollywood movie in the Forties made during World War 2. This Above All aka Ames Rebelles was directed by Anatole Litvak, who did also a beautiful Mayerling in 1936 with Charles Boyer & Danielle Darrieux.
You can think it is one more propaganda film under a melodramatic story but it's much more than that thanks to Tyrone Power and the moving and adorable Joan Fontaine.

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I could have dedicate these 24 frames to this only scene because it is so rare to watch a first encounter filmed so delicately.
Maybe i'm old-fashioned, so what ?

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The cinematographer Arthur C. Miller also did the lightning for the underestimated The Razor's Edge which i would have been delighted to present to you on this blog but as it is available on DVD...

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Do you know that Joan Fontaine is still alive somewhere in California ?
She's 87.
I love her.

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"If i say it was all those things, he will laugh because those words have been said so often before".
This is the most famous scene of This Above All. Poetry, love, fight, honor.
Great monologue.
This was the first 12 frames i'll post of this movie.
Next monday you'll see the last 12.
In the meantime, any comments will be appreciated.

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