Welcome back to the Lucky 13 Film Club. With the Oscar results still ringing in my ears, the focal point today is on “Best”. Take From Here to Eternity, for instance. In 1954, the film won eight Academy Awards out of 13 nominations, including awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Fred Zinnemann), Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra), and Supporting Actress (Donna Reed). This year’s winter project is studying Burt Lancaster. I thought he did a good job playing the disgruntled Sergeant who falls in love with his superior officer’s wife played beautifully by Deborah Kerr. In fact, Kerr and Reed were the standout performers in the ensemble. Montgomery Clift doesn’t move me much. Regardless, the principal actors were at the top of their game. Having watched From Here to Eternity with older eyes, I have to say I loved the film.
Which ones are their best?
Fred Zinnemann — From Here to Eternity, High Noon, A Man for All Seasons, The Day of the Jackal?
Burt Lancaster — Birdman from Alcatraz, Elmer Gantry, The Leopard, Sweet Smell of Success?
Montgomery Clift — A Place in the Sun, The Misfits?
Deborah Kerr — An Affair to Remember, Black Narcissus, The King and I?
Donna Reed — It’s a Wonderful Life or From Here to Eternity?
Frank Sinatra — From Here to Eternity, Manchurian Candidate, Guys and Dolls, Oceans 11, Man with the Golden Arm?
What do you love about From Here to Eternity?
Why is From Here to Eternity a satisfying drama? I say because of the script written by Daniel Taradash and the acting of Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr, and Donna Reed.