#52–From Here to Eternity

Since I was a teenager, I’ve felt that I was born at the wrong time. I’ve always loved American History from 1935-1955. For whatever reason, World War II has always fascinated me. Movies, books, music–I love anything from that era.

“From Here to Eternity” is much like “Pearl Harbor”, and I no longer feel like a tool for liking Pearl Harbor. Add in a couple of slow-motion shots and the Doolittle campaign, switch out the airplane hangar for the beach, and “Eternity” IS “Pearl Harbor.” But I digress.

“From Here to Eternity” follows the lives of several members of Company G, stationed at Hawaii, in the months preceding the Pearl Harbor attack. Typical characters comprise Company G–the clown (Frank Sinatra), the quiet kid who won’t back down (Montgomery Clift), the unrelenting, ambitious captain (Philip Ober), the sergeant who really is a nice guy (Burt Lancaster), and the women who love them…Deborah Kerr takes a turn as a kind of hussy, and Donna Reed as a finicky social deb-wannabe.

It’s definitely a chick flick, but I am a sucker for a good chick flick. Just look at my personal DVD collection.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…Montgomery Clift is, hands down, the most beautiful actor EVER. I can’t quite put it into words. You just have to see him for yourself. Great movie. See it!

p.s. Sinatra won an Oscar for his performance, as did Donna Reed. Clift, Lancaster, and Kerr were all nominees.

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