Since You Went Away 1944 Claudette Colbert Drama
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten
Since You Went Away is sentimental and patriotic. Released in 1944, it was filmed right in the middle of the war. The sentiment and especially the times are aptly reflected. More than anything else, the film’s virtues are the performances. Claudette Colbert is warm, intelligent, and very likable, as she is surrounded by the constrictions and circumstances of the time. (It’s interesting to hear her tell Joseph Cotten two hours into the film that she feels useless and is not contributing to the war effort when in fact she’s been contributing all along.)
While husband Tim is away during World War II, Anne Hilton copes with problems on the home-front. Taking in a lodger, Colonel Smollett, to help make ends meet and dealing with shortages and rationing are minor inconveniences compared to the love affair daughter Jane and the Colonel’s grandson conduct.
Cotten is wonderful as her surrogate mate (still carrying a torch after all these years) and daughters Jennifer Jones and Shirley Temple are quite good. The standout scene, of course is Jones and real-life husband Robert Walker parting at the train station. The Steiner score (echoing the chugging of the train) and especially Jones’ tearful run as the train departs are especially heartbreaking. There’s something almost psychic in her face as she reads the engraving on the watch. Good performances also from Agnes Moorehead and Selznick veteran Hattie McDaniel. Nominated for a ton of Oscars, and deservedly so.
Tagline: The four most important words since Gone With the Wind– SINCE YOU WENT AWAY!
- Directors: John Cromwell, Edward F. Cline (uncredited)
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Production Co.: Selznick International Pictures
- Run time: 130 minutes
- Sound: Mono
- Color: Black and White
- Region: 1 (USA, Canada), NTSC
Video Sample from Since You Went Away
Reproduced on a professional-grade DVD-R. Packaged in a single DVD case. Cover art is exactly as shown in the image.
In addition to Since You Went Away, you may enjoy Thunder on the Hill, an intriguing and mysterious drama also starring Claudette Colbert. Ann Blythe co-stars. You may also like So Proudly We Hail, another wonderful Colbert war-drama.
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