Saturday, January 9, 2010

Movie of the Week

A Place In The Sun
1951

The powerful, closely studious film of fated love and consequences of one's actions. A classic movie, a legend through and through.
A Place In The Sun is a film that will never be forgotten and will always have a powerful effect on its audience. The cast have never been better, and everything in it is simply flawless.

Based on the novel An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser A Place In The Sun chronicles the life of a young man, George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) who becomes part of his wealthy uncles world after taking a job with him. Expected to work and learn from the ground up, George meets Alice(Shelley Winters) who works on the assembly line. They begin an affair which George wants to end when he is introduced to the high society world his uncle brings him into.
Soon enough he falls for the beautiful, glamorous Angela Vickers (Elizabeth Taylor) who finds herself also falling for him.
George finds himself in a mess of trouble and sees no end to the problems he faces and no happy ending to the life he dreams of. He must make a choice between actual love and a perfect world in high society or his responsibility to Alice.
What will he do to release himself of his problems? What lengths will he go to? How far will he go to push away the things he no longer wants?


A Place In The Sun is a perfect meditation on the conscience of a young man who yearns for more than he has been given. Clift beautifully plays the character with his usual smoothness and no boundary emotional attachment. Taylor and Winters are flawless beside him, two women devoted to him and receiving very different feelings from him.

This movie will not only keep you thinking of it long after it ends but it will also linger in your mind the rest of your life.
As much as it is a tragedy, it is also an American masterpiece. One of the best movies to have ever been released.





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