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Another Time, Another Place

 

Picture: B†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: D†††† Film: B-

 

 

Up until this point Sean Connery had done very little in the bigger spotlight and this would be the film that would help get his career launched.There is also a bizarre story that happened offset with this film regarding Connery having his life threatened by a jealous boyfriend of Lana Turnerís.He was then punched by Connery after the threat, but her jealous boyfriend met his maker only soon after by a knife held by Turnerís daughter, Cheryl Crane.

 

This is by far one of the most unusual plots ever!Connery plays a BBC War correspondent during WWII, who ends up having an affair with an American Journalist played by Turner.When Connery ends up dead, Turner goes to his hometown to console his wife.While this film might be set in WWII, and made in 1958, this type of thing is still bizarre to me now.What is odd is how Turner would have the guts to go to his wife after willingly sleeping with her husband.The interaction between the two is also interesting and worth a view if nothing else.The script is a tad dry and makes the film feel longer than it is.

 

Paramountís release of the film is up to their standards though with a very sharp 1.85 X 1 anamorphic transfer displaying the VistaVision shot film quite remarkably well.The black & white photography of Jack Hildyard is outstanding.At this point he had done some excellent work with David Lean on Summertime with Katherine Hepburn, shot in CinemaScope on 1956ís Anastasia and 1958ís The Bridge on the River Kwai (he was the D.P. on that film).He would later go on to film some other reputable films including Hitchcockís 1969 film Topaz.

 

The transfer here is very good, ranking up there with some of Paramountís other fine black and white transfers such as Seconds (1966), Hud (1963), Fear Strikes Out (1955), Desperate Hours (also 1955), and The Rose Tattoo (another film from 1955).Most of these reviews can be found elsewhere on this site, also check out The Matchmaker from 1958.The audio on the disc is standard Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, which is clean, but very compressed in nature and even when converted to stereo via the receiver it still does not clean up much.

 

No extras, which is starting to become normal for some of these average films from Paramount.They save all their best for the highlight films and more recent theatrical films it seems, which is understandable to a degree.

 

 

-†† Nate Goss


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