Winner '53:
First Saw It:
From Here to Eternity
On video, who knows when
Bridesmaids: Julius Caesar, The Robe, Roman Holiday, Shane
My Vote: Shane, probably, but I completely see the Oscar appeal of this one
Overlooked: Pickup on South Street, The Band Wagon, All I Desire

From Here to Eternity
First screened longer ago than I can say / Most recently screened in April 2010
Director: Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed, Philip Ober, Ernest Borgnine, John Dennis, Jack Warden, Barbara Morrison, Kristine Miller. Screenplay: Daniel Taradash (based on the novel by James Jones

Twitter Capsule: Randy, self-serious soaper. Met all my expectations at 22 and has been steadily falling short of them since.

VOR:   First, there's the beach. Plus, even if the film doesn't quite equal its aspirations or reputation, it's a landmark adult drama and a snapshot of how the 50s remembered the 40s.

Photo © 1953 Columbia Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. B

(in college: A; in November 2004: A–)

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: Fred Zinnemann
Best Actress: Deborah Kerr
Best Actor: Montgomery Clift
Best Actor: Burt Lancaster
Best Supporting Actress: Donna Reed
Best Supporting Actor: Frank Sinatra
Best Screenplay: Daniel Taradash
Best Cinematography (Black & White): Burnett Guffey
Best Costume Design (Black & White): Jean-Louis
Best Film Editing: William A. Lyon
Best Original Score (Comedy/Drama): Morris Stoloff & George Duning
Best Sound: John P. Livadary

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Director: Fred Zinnemann
Best Supporting Actor: Frank Sinatra

Other Awards:
Cannes Film Festival: Special Award (Zinnemann)
Directors Guild of America: Best Director
Writers Guild of America: Best Written American Drama
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor (Lancaster)

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