Classic Film Guide

From Here to Eternity (1953)

How many times have you seen the scene with Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr rolling in the surf? Popular Oscar themes, boxing & the beginning of World War II, serve as backdrops for this film which garnered Academy Award Best Picture honors and five acting nominations, winning Supporting Actor Oscars for Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed (on her only nomination); Montgomery Clift, Kerr, and Lancaster (his first) were the other nominees. Tied Gone With The Wind (1939) for the most Academy Awards won (eight) at the time, for: director Fred Zinnemann (Benjy (1951)), Screenplay Writer Daniel Taradash (his only Academy recognition), Burnett Guffey's B&W Cinematography (his first), William Lyon's (The Jolson Story (1946)) Editing, and multiple Oscar winner John Livadary's Sound Recording; the film's B&W Costume Design and Score were also nominated. Mickey Shaughnessy, Ernest Borgnine, and Jack Warden (among others) also appear. Added to the National Film Registry in 2002. #52 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies list; #20 on AFI's 100 Greatest Love Stories list.

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