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The Best Picture Project – From Here To Eternity (1953)

From Here to Eternity

Based on the novel by James Jones

Directed by Fred Zinneman

Starring Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra, Donny Reed, Ernest Borgnine and Jack Warden

From Here To Eternity was based on an absolute brick of a book by James Jones – also the author of The Thin Red Line – and tells the story of four people on an Army base on pre-December 7 Hawaii.   There is Prewitt (Clift), the stubborn bugler who refuses to box because he accidentally blinded a man some time ago. There is Warden (Lancaster) the pragmatic non-commissioned officer who resists a commission because he doesn’t see himself as one of ‘them’. There is Lorene/Alma (Reed) the ‘hostess’ – read prostitute – Prewitt falls in love with. Finally there is Karen (Kerr), the wife of Warden’s superior, who he risks life and limb to have an affair with. Continue reading

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