Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Place in the Sun

It is rather true what they say. They don't make movies like they used to. If George Stevens' classic, A Place in the Sun, were to premiere in theaters today, it would most likely be perceived as "corny" and "over-dramtized." The variables of blue screen lake scenes and an original score played at a constant crescendo all too nicely lend themselves to those notions. On the other hand, the wonderful thing about A Place in the Sun and other such classics is the ease of plot. Back in the day people used to enjoy going out to row a boat on nearby lakes. Formal dances were frequently held by the "who's whos" complete with glamorous ball gowns and dapper tuxedos. Of course things like DNA and CSI technology weren't even subject matter. It thus becomes quite simple to mix a gorgeous Edith Head dress (worn by the always stylish Elizabeth Taylor), an illegitimate pregnancy, and an up-and-coming businessman (Montgomery Clift) to produce a truly enticing murderous affair. So if you're able to put the cell phone down and leave the Technicolor world, this movie is a must watch.

"Seems like we always spend the best part of our time just saying goodbye."--Angela Vickers (played by Elizabeth Taylor) in A Place in the Sun

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