Since You Went Away
First screened in January 2010 / Most recently screened in February 2016
Director: John Cromwell. Cast: Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Shirley Temple, Joseph Cotten, Robert Walker, Monty Woolley, Hattie McDaniel, Agnes Moorehead, Lloyd Corrigan, Jackie Moran, Keenan Wynn, Lionel Barrymore, Albert Bassermann, Alla Nazimova, Craig Stevens, Guy Madison, Gordon Oliver, Florence Bates. Screenplay: David O. Selznick and Margaret Buell Wilder (based on the novel by Margaret Buell Wilder).

Twitter Capsule: Often corny and blatant but—sue me—it's touched me twice. Colbert an angel. Still, Best Years are yet to come.

VOR:   Here's how it looks, happily or otherwise, when Selznick turns attentions to modern life. Leans often on hokey humor or sentiment, but built atop potent core of inchoate grief.

Photo © 1944 Selznick International Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

(in January 2010: C+)

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Actress: Claudette Colbert
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jones
Best Supporting Actor: Monty Woolley
Best Cinematography (Black & White): Stanley Cortez and Lee Garmes
Best Art Direction (Black & White): Mark-Lee Kirk; Victor A. Gangelin
Best Film Editing: Hal C. Kern and James E. Newcom
Best Original Score (Comedy/Drama): Max Steiner
Best Special Effects: Jack Cosgrove & Arthur Johns

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