Thursday, May 28, 2009

5/23/09: Forever and a Day (1943)

Set and filmed during World War II, Forever and a Day tells the story of a house in London and the various people who lived in it, from 1804 until the German blitzkrieg of 1940. Given the scores of British actors and directors who all contributed their work for free in making the movie (to aid the war propaganda effort), it's fairly astonishing how obscure it is. There's a framing device involving the current sale of the house as its rich history unfolds in a series of vignettes that are variously dramatic, comedic and touching. Among the stars appearing: Claude Rains, Ida Lupino, Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Buster Keaton. All of the stories are entertaining, but Lupino has the best sequence as a maid named Jenny. Rating: 4/5.

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