[Marxism] Re: From Marxmail home (Clancy Sigal and Frida)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri May 6 16:09:22 MDT 2005

Clancy Sigal wrote:
>Great list.  Where are Birth of a Nation, Way We Were (reds & wasps), The 
>Front, Parallex View, Manchurian Candidate, 3 Comrades (Scott Fitzgerald 
>wrote), Best Years of our Lives, Gentleman's Agreement, Kinsey (yes), 
>Thunder Rock, Fame is the Spur (a must), Ninotchka (funniest movie ever 
>made about commies), Missing, Running on Empty, etc?  Clancy

Clancy, these are great suggestions. Will add them to the list, as well as 
"Frida"! Plus, there's this other film called "In Love and War" that is 
based on Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms that looks really promising based 
on comments from idmb.com, where my reviews can be found as well. (The 
screenplay was written by some guy named Clancy Sigal.)

The film starts by showing a cocky and self-absorbed, 18 years-old, Ernest 
(Chris O'Donnell) who is more enthusiastic about being in the war as a 
soldier and not as a Red Cross volunteer, than actually realising the 
reality of the trenches. As a result he gets wounded the first time he 
approaches the front line, and the whole dream of fighting for the common 
good collapses for the protagonist. His misfortune, however, turns to his 
advantage. In the hospital he meets a stunning, 26 years old nurse, Agnes 
von Kurowsky (Sandra Bullock), an American Red Cross volunteer, who manages 
to save his wounded leg from amputation. The passion between the two seems 
inexistent at the beginning, and Ernie's declaration of love at first site 
sounds rather childish. Soon however, Ernie becomes The Kid, and Agnie the 
woman that loved him.

After Ernie is sent home, Agnes decided that it was the "Time to think with 
the head!" and accepted a marriage proposal from Dr. Caracciolo (Emilio 
Bonucci). But, "There was always someone else", and after an eight-month 
period Agnes returns to America.

Broken-hearted, matured, and evasive, Ernie lets the time pass slowly 
beside him, lets the words of his beloved woman vanish into the stillness 
of the forest.

The ending is a memorable one, incredibly moving, and real. Love, pure or 
manufactured, it is not always made to bring happiness to those who are 
trapped by it.

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