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Waterloo Bridge (1940)

Passed | | Drama, War, Romance | 17 May 1940 (USA)
During World War I, believing her fiancé to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution.

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On the eve of World War II, a British officer revisits Waterloo Bridge and recalls the young man he was at the beginning of World War I and the young ballerina he met just before he left for the front. Myra stayed with him past curfew and is thrown out of the corps de ballet. She survives on the streets of London, falling even lower after she hears her true love has been killed in action. But he wasn't killed. Those terrible years were nothing more than a bad dream is Myra's hope after Roy finds her and takes her to his family's country estate. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Her First Picture Since "Gone With The Wind"

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17 May 1940 (USA)  »

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El puente de Waterloo  »

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Of her films, this was Vivien Leigh's personal favorite. See more »

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When Roy travels back down to London from Scotland by express train, the train shown is a Great Western Railway one which did not serve Scotland as it only served routes from Paddington (London) to the West of England and Wales. See more »

Quotes

Lady Margaret Cronin: Forgive me, my dear, but, are you quite well?
Myra Lester: Yes-yes, of course. I had a drink, that's all, it made me feel funny, queer! What's it like in Scotland? I've never been there. It always sounds so quaint, you know, the heather and the peat. Ha-ha. Peat comes from Ireland, doesn't it. I've never been there, either.
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Connections

Edited into Homecoming (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Me Call You Sweetheart
(1910) (uncredited)
Written by Beth Slater Whitson and Leo Friedman
Played as dance music at the estate dance given by Lady Margaret
Played as background music
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Very nice - couldn't be made today
23 November 2001 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

LeRoy made a film which flings prostitution in our faces, and in the faces of its characters - yet he doesn't dare mention the word or show the deed explicitly. I'm not complaining; the fact that no one dares utter the p-word helps the film immeasurably. The tragedy plays out best in an atmosphere in which Myra's moral stain, or purported moral stain, is LITERALLY an unspeakable one. No modern director (with the possible exception of David Mamet) would dare NOT be explicit.

Unfortunately for a love story, the love scenes are the only interactions lacking in electricity, the only interactions, in fact, that aren't interactions at all. They're the dull bits we endure in order to enjoy the real story. I should stress that they're still pleasant enough, so it's not MUCH of an endurance test.

And what IS the real story? The delightful thing about it, I think, is that it's perfectly ambiguous. Taken one way, the romance between hero and heroine is destroyed because of the power of a pervasive, yet false, moral belief: the belief that a prostitute is tainted, unfit for marriage, love, life itself. Taken this way the story is a social tragedy. But arguably the film is asking us to make believe that the pervasive moral belief is in fact true, that the heroine really is (through no fault of her own) tainted; taken THIS way, it's a kind of moral fantasy. Either way it works.


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