William Wyler's The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) tells the story of three veterans returning from World War II and adjusting to civilian life in a manner unusual for classical Hollywood cinema, with melodrama leavened by authentic detail, ...
Author: Sarah Kozloff
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Performing Arts
William Wyler's The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) tells the story of three veterans returning from World War II and adjusting to civilian life in a manner unusual for classical Hollywood cinema, with melodrama leavened by authentic detail, personal memories and a fierce desire to capture its historical moment. Sarah Kozloff's illuminating study of the film traces the contribution of Wyler (himself injured while serving in the US Air Force), Robert Sherwood's screenplay, Gregg Toland's deep-focus cinematography, Hugo Friedhofer's award-winning score, and the ensemble cast of Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright and Harold Russell. The film's poignant message spoke to American audiences reeling from the end of the conflict and the bumpy transition to peace: producer Samuel Goldwyn received hundreds of letters from ex-servicemen about how accurately his production had captured their experiences. Despite winning nine Academy Awards, Best Years was soon engulfed in political conflict from both the right and the left. Disagreements about the film's politics foreshadowed HUAC's anti-Communist investigations and the fracturing of the Hollywood community that culminated in the collapse of the studio system. Sarah Kozloff's discussion of the film's development, production and reception history draws on archival research to shed new light on our understanding of this much-loved movie, and to bring The Best Years of Our Lives back where it belongs: in our collections, in our libraries, and in our hearts.
Life can be intimidating at times, but it has a lot to offer... The early morning
sunshine ... Those marks left on the walls and desks are ingrained in our
reminiscence. We are graffiti spread ... THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES. *
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Author: Vishal Dhawan
Publisher: Notion Press
Mesmerize your senses through a journey into the Nostalgic ‘90s, a life-changing voyage through the realms of Friendship, Love, Adventure, Humour, Separation, Pain and Redemption. Monfort Memorial High, that's where our story begins. For Vihan and his friends, life is innocent, it's funny, and it’s mysterious. They seek adventure. Puberty has just marked its arrival. As seasons change, they encounter the blatant realities of life. We are introduced to new characters. Characters that are lovable, characters that are downright disdainful and characters that have observed melancholia to its depth. These characters draw new perspective to the story. Waves of existence gush forward and give rise to a plethora of emotions; preconceived notions are shattered, evil shows its ugly face, there is a call for rebellion and amidst all the disruption, there is the calming influence of eternal love and undying friendship. Adolescence is our first love affair with life… It is wild and untameable like a fresh stream. Take a plunge and relive those cherished years.
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Author: Diane Shaw
This is the story of an adventure by a family of three who set out from Key Largo, Florida to go up the mighty Amazon River; and what happened to prevent their final destination and the many happenings along the way. Many are funny and some are hair raising. Also included are the exciting times on their first two owned boats and their experience in the Devil's Triangle and what led to the purchase of the 53 foot Gulfstar and that adventure.
Underlying the central place schools have in our lives are a number of
ambiguities, mostly to do with the relationship between schooling and other
aspects of people's lives. The most significant ambiguity of schooling is that
between school ...
Author: Cedric Cullingford
Based on structured research and interviews with pupils in years 10 and 11 (15 ^DDS 16 years old) about their views of the purpose of school and their own future employment and the way the two connect, this book offers a blistering critique of the purpose of education and its ability to prepare children for the world of work. The issues raised include: the purpose of school, the nature and quality of the curriculum, whether their time was well spent, whether what they learned was relevant, who influenced them, their views of industry and the world outside. Out of the mouths of babes, the truth comes tumbling and the result is a shocking indictment of an educational system that fails to deliver what it sets out to achieve.
Her popular What's Happening to My Body books about puberty (one for boys,
one for girls) have each sold more than 200,000 copies and have appeared on
numerous lists, including the American Library Association's Best Books for
Author: Stephanie Zvirin
Publisher: American Library Association
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
The finest self-help resources young adults can turn to when trying to cope with their increasingly complicated lives.
Best. Years. of. Our. Lives. H. omer thinks maybe they should stop at his Uncle
Butch's saloon for a drink before they get home. “You're home now, kid,” the older
man Al tells him. Three military veterans have just returned to their hometown of ...
Author: Roger Ebert
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Category: Performing Arts
Roger Ebert has been writing film reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times for over four decades now and his biweekly essays on great movies have been appearing there since 1996. As Ebert noted in the introduction to the first collection of those pieces, “They are not the greatest films of all time, because all lists of great movies are a foolish attempt to codify works which must stand alone. But it’s fair to say: If you want to take a tour of the landmarks of the first century of cinema, start here. Enter The Great Movies III, Ebert’s third collection of essays on the crème de la crème of the silver screen, each one a model of critical appreciation and a blend of love and analysis that will send readers back to the films with a fresh set of eyes and renewed enthusiasm—or maybe even lead to a first-time viewing. From The Godfather: Part II to Groundhog Day, from The Last Picture Show to Last Tango in Paris, the hundred pieces gathered here display a welcome balance between the familiar and the esoteric, spanning Hollywood blockbusters and hidden gems, independent works and foreign language films alike. Each essay draws on Ebert’s vast knowledge of the cinema, its fascinating history, and its breadth of techniques, introducing newcomers to some of the most exceptional movies ever made, while revealing new insights to connoisseurs as well. Named the most powerful pundit in America by Forbes magazine, and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Roger Ebert is inarguably the most prominent and influential authority on the cinema today. The Great Movies III is sure to please his many fans and further enhance his reputation as America’s most respected—and trusted—film critic.
Homecoming. Chicago, December 18, 1946 □ The Best Years of Our Lives ...
and Till the End of Time. We conclude the chapter with a discussion of The Best Years of Our Lives, the deepest, most moving, most disquieting, and, we believe,
Author: Charles Affron
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Category: Performing Arts
Americans flocked to the movies in 1945 and 1946ùthe center point of the three-decade heyday of the studio system's sound era. Why? Best Years is a panoramic study, shining light on this critical juncture in American historyand the history of American cinemaùthe end of World War II (1945) and a year of unprecedented success in Hollywood's "Golden Age" (1946). This unique time, the last year of war and the first full year of peace, provides a rich blend of cinema genres and typesùfrom the battlefront to the home front, the peace film to the woman's film, psychological drama, and the period's provocative new style, film noir. Best Years focuses on films that were famous, infamous, forgotten, and unforgettable. Big budget A-films, road shows, and familiar series share the spotlight. From Bergman and Grant in Notorious to Abbott and Costello in Lost in a Harem, Charles Affron and Mirella Jona Affron examine why the bond between screen and viewer was perhaps never tighter. Paying special attention to the movie-going public in key cities--Atlanta, New York, Boston, Honolulu, and Chicago--this ambitious work takes us on a cinematic journey to recapture a magical time.
THE BEST FILMS OF OUR YEARS is an affectionate and witty traversal of the
history of the movies year-by-year by an author whose style has been ... The
book's title rings a change on William Wyler's The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).
Author: M. Owen Lee
Category: Performing Arts
Dominance is an integral aspect of strategy. Strategy, whether in war, sports or business, is about how one can place themselves in a competitive position that gives them an advantage over competitors. If that position can be made so overwhelming by one competitor that others are effectively taken out of effective competition, that competitor is dominant. Dominance wins. The game is over. Everyone else is playing for second place or lower. Creating Dominance describes how successful law firms have gone about dominating their marketplaces - be they a practice area, a city or an industry. The book begins by describing the characteristics that identify a dominant firm and the precise strategies law firms can use to put themselves in a position of dominance.
New York: Schocken Books, 2007. 111-40. Print. Best Years of Our Lives (The).
Dir. William Wyler. Perf. Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright,
Virginia Mayo, and Harold Russell. DVD. Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1946.
Author: Ljubica Matek
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Category: Literary Criticism
Owing to the diverse research interests of the contributors, this collection of essays offers a varied picture of the current approaches to Anglo-American literature and culture, and points to the need for a deeper understanding of current cultural, economic and social processes in the globalizing and globalized culture of the West. Because “crisis” seems to be the key word of contemporary Western culture, the first part of the book, titled “In the Face of Crises”, explores the implicit or explicit idea of a crisis between the real and the simulated, suggesting that one of the major issues for the contemporary man is how to deal with the virtual or with the “absence of the real”. Our fast-paced, technology-laden and materialist-oriented existence brings about the need to rethink our human identity, putting into perspective our relationship to technology, the impact of capitalist economy and colonial past, as well as consequences of constant warfare. The second part of the book, “New Perspectives on Literary Genres”, analyzes forms, topics and styles in literary texts belonging to specific, sometimes marginalized, genres. Literary analyses in this section also touch upon the idea of crisis: be it the crisis of understanding and redefining a particular genre, or a crisis that is inherent in the controversial topic or form of the text. As a reaction to recent allegations concerning the crisis of humanities as “non-profitable”, this book shows that humanist research is indispensable and crucial for understanding the human condition, making this book a relevant addition to the contemporary discussion of literature and culture.
The decision to cast a disabled vet was supported by research suggesting that
audiences were concerned about wounded veterans and would probably react
well to a screen appearance of a real wounded man. The Best Years of Our Lives
Author: Judith E. Smith
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Visions of Belonging explores how beloved and still-remembered family stories—A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, I Remember Mama, Gentleman's Agreement, Death of a Salesman, Marty, and A Raisin in the Sun—entered the popular imagination and shaped collective dreams in the postwar years and into the 1950s. These stories helped define widely shared conceptions of who counted as representative Americans and who could be recognized as belonging. The book listens in as white and black authors and directors, readers and viewers reveal divergent, emotionally textured, and politically charged social visions. Their diverse perspectives provide a point of entry into an extraordinary time when the possibilities for social transformation seemed boundless. But changes were also fiercely contested, especially as the war's culture of unity receded in the resurgence of cold war anticommunism, and demands for racial equality were met with intensifying white resistance. Judith E. Smith traces the cultural trajectory of these family stories, as they circulated widely in bestselling paperbacks, hit movies, and popular drama on stage, radio, and television. Visions of Belonging provides unusually close access to a vibrant conversation among white and black Americans about the boundaries between public life and family matters and the meanings of race and ethnicity. Would the new appearance of white working class ethnic characters expand Americans'understanding of democracy? Would these stories challenge the color line? How could these stories simultaneously show that black families belonged to the larger "family" of the nation while also representing the forms of danger and discriminations that excluded them from full citizenship? In the 1940s, war-driven challenges to racial and ethnic borderlines encouraged hesitant trespass against older notions of "normal." But by the end of the 1950s, the cold war cultural atmosphere discouraged probing of racial and social inequality and ultimately turned family stories into a comforting retreat from politics. The book crosses disciplinary boundaries, suggesting a novel method for cultural history by probing the social history of literary, dramatic, and cinematic texts. Smith's innovative use of archival research sets authorial intent next to audience reception to show how both contribute to shaping the contested meanings of American belonging.
But he commended it as “an extremely sensitive and poignant study of life like
your own. ... 14 The Best Years of Our Lives, which cost $. million to make,
earned $ million in the United States and Canada within a few years, out
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Author: Emily W. Leider
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A biography of the actress from her early dance training, to being typecast as Hollywood's "exotic," to her success in her most famous role, Nora Charles.
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Author: Scott Jordan Harris
Publisher: Intellect Books
Discusses fifty of film history's most iconic objects, including Michael Myers' mask, Kermit the frog's bicycle, and Luke Skywalker's lightsaber.
Mallarme' About this time each year, the Academy Awards remind us of the
fictional odds and ends produced in the Hollywood studios. I suppose everyone
will agree that The Best Years of Our Lives stands above its competitors as life
Author: Abraham Polonsky
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Abraham Polonsky (1910-1999), screenwriter and filmmaker of the mid-twentieth-century Left, recognized his writerly mission to reveal the aspirations of his characters in a material society structured to undermine their hopes. In the process, he ennobled their struggle. His auspicious beginning in Hollywood reached a zenith with his Oscar-nominated screenplay for Robert Rossen's boxing noir, Body and Soul (1947), and his inaugural film as writer and director, Force of Evil (1948), before he was blacklisted during the McCarthy witch hunt. Polonsky envisioned cinema as a modern artist. His aesthetic appreciation for each technical component of the screen aroused him to create voiceovers of urban cadences--poetic monologues spoken by the city's everyman, embodied by the actor who played his heroes best, John Garfield. His use of David Raksin's score in Force of Evil, against the backdrop of the grandeur of New York City's landscape and the conflict between the brothers Joe and Leo Morse, elevated film noir into classical family tragedy. Like Garfield, Polonsky faced persecution and an aborted career during the blacklist. But unlike Garfield, Polonsky survived to resume his career in Hollywood during the ferment of the late sixties. Then his vision of a changing society found allegorical expression in Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here, his impressive anti-Western showing the destruction of the Paiute rebel outsider, Willie Boy, and cementing Polonsky as a moral voice in cinema.
The Best Years of Our Lives reflects a truly “realistic” national experience—a
happy, middle-class ending. Al makes his peace with the Cornbelt Loan and
Trust Company; Fred, now divorced from his narcissistic and unfaithful war bride,
Author: Peter C. Rollins
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Category: Performing Arts
This book makes a powerful case that film can be as valuable a tool as primary documents for improving our understanding of the causes and consequences of war. Why We Fought: America's Wars in Film and History is a comprehensive look at war films, from depictions of the American Revolution to portrayals of September 11 and its aftermath. The volume contrasts recognized history and historical fiction with the versions appearing on the big screen. The text considers a selection of the pivotal war films of all time, including All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), Apocalypse Now (1979), Platoon (1986), and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Why We Fought reveals how film depictions of the country's wars have shaped our values, politics, and culture, and it offers a unique understanding of American history.
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Author: Karen A. Ritzenhoff
Category: Social Science
Filmic constructions of war heroism have a profound impact on public perceptions of conflicts. Here, contributors examine the ways motifs of gender and heroism in war films are used to justify ideological positions, shape the understanding of the military conflicts, support political agendas and institutions, and influence collective memory.
“The Best Years of Our Lives was a weird title too. It sounds like a comedy.” “No,
it's just that that was the expression. When you say, the best years of our lives, it
means, we gave them up for something. 'I gave the best years ofmy life to thatjob
Author: W. Jack Savage
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Some men seem to have all the luck. Others dream of only finding a little. Richard Smiths world was the orphanage. It was the only one he knew. All of the other worlds for children, of mothers and fathers and a place called home, he learned from the tears of those who had lost theirs only to wind up in his. From the way they grieved, he knew it must have been something pretty great. Once he had two sisters, they said. One had died and the other went to a place called Iowa with an uncle. He was left behind. He grew up to put most of it behind him and in his search for a family of his own, thought that he had. But an electrical shock opened some door to his early childhood he couldnt seem to get closed again. Each discovery posed more questions until finally there was only one other person he needed to see. It would be a three-day road trip, or so he thought