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Mrs. Holmes: Well, if it isn't Sergeant Warden... you better step inside or you'll get wet.
Sgt Warden: I am wet.
Mrs. Holmes: If you're looking for the captain he isn't here.
Sgt Warden: And if I'm not looking for him?
Mrs. Holmes: He still isn't here.
And so begins a torrid affair on an army base in Hawaii just before America goes to war. It'd be fair to replace "torrid" with bipolar, too. From Here to Eternity's adulterous lovers (Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster) jump from a cold fish meet & greet in their first scene to a confusing make out session (in this, their second scene) to a "no! but yes but no but yes!" affair in the ocean waves --you've seen their lovemaking in the waves even if you've never seen the movie -- despite the fact that they've already had their 'no but yes but no' conversation.
About that conversation. After the wonderfully terse flirtation in the rain (quoted above) the emotional content of their navigation into choppy affair waters is clear but the dialogue gets cloudy --at least to my modern ears. This is Mrs. Holmes again...
You're doing fine sergeant. My husband is off somewhere and it's raining outside and we're both drinking now. You probably only got one thing wrong: the lady herself. The lady is not what she seems. She's a washout if you know what I mean. And I'm sure you know what I mean.Actually Mrs. Holmes, I don't. I have a suspicion but it seems awfully risque for a 50s movie. Even if it is a sudsy epic like this one.
The most modern characteristic about From Here To Eternity's frisky couplings is how noncommittal and indecisive they all are; both frequently fighting couples (the other pairing is Montgomery Clift and Donna Reed who won the supporting Actress Oscar) make love declarations but in all four of these enemy love combatants you end up wondering about their sincerity or at least their capacity for self-delusion. Are any of these people really in love?
Maybe Donna Reed as "the 'Princess' Lorene" is. She's the most sidelined character but she's intriguing. She works in a members only club entertaining the soldiers. As a self-reliant pragmatist she resists her dreamy man's romantic vision of the future for a good long while. But once she finally gives in, converting to his way of thinking --more of a marital mind recognizably 50s way-- she's undone. Maybe the film making team wasn't viewing it that way but it reads so from a modern perspective.
From Here to Eternity is set in 1941 but it's unmistakeably of it's time. The 50s are such a fascinating decade for film. We have this picture of the decade as being very sanitized and repressed but in so many films there are visibly adult undercurrents... maybe repression is an overstatement. Was their a visible itch that was constantly being scratched? In a lot of 50s films you can feel the upheaval of the 60s coming --and I don't think that's entirely a byproduct of "hindsight is 20/20". I really don't.
Have you seen this 1953 Best Picture Winner? Your thoughts please ...