"I'll Be Seeing You" (1944) and subdued holiday films

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"I'll Be Seeing You" (1944) and subdued holiday films

Unread post by Phillyrich » Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:47 pm

I recently saw "I'll Be Seeing You" for the first time and found it quite moving and restrained, considering it was a holiday-themed movie, and shot mid-war. Its the story of a soldier (Joseph Cotton) on leave suffering from stress-disorder and a woman (Ginger Rogers) on leave from doing prison time. The back stories may not have all the bite of a Warners film---after all, this was United Artists and probably the script was written before decisive D-Day, but I thought it was quite a sober and mature film. The soldier's life was not sugar-coated in any way (though Shirley Temple gets to fawn over him.).

Any other fans of this film, or can you suggest any other serious, classic fare for the holidays?

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Unread post by missdupont » Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:59 pm

IBSY was a David O. Selznick film, who was dealing with issues like losing his brother that year. He produced it around the same time as SINCE YOU WENT AWAY, a very moving film about women at the home front during WWII. Both of the lead characters in these films are strong women, as are most of the leads in his independent films. SYWA has a Christmas sequence too I believe.

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Unread post by Mike Gebert » Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:11 am

can you suggest any other serious, classic fare for the holidays?
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Unread post by maliejandra » Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:54 am

I love this movie too! I saw it a few years ago and made it my mission to tell people about it, especially around Christmastime. It was out of print for a while but they just released a blu-ray this year.

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Unread post by wich2 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:38 am

can you suggest any other serious, classic fare for the holidays?
If you don't mind TVM's, A CHRISTMAS WITHOUT SNOW, with Michael Learned, John Houseman, and James Cromwell, is another quietly good "adult" Yuletide tale.

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Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:44 am

Thank goodness for multi-region DVD players ... still amazed this isn't available in North America.

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Unread post by Robert W » Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:00 pm

Check out Mike Gebert's post in this thread on The Holly and the Ivy.

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