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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)  »

Also Known As:

El puente de Waterloo  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Premiered on the same day (May 14, 1940) that Rotterdam was bombed by the German Luftwaffe. The British Royal Air Force had begun bombing German cities on 11 May 1940. See more »


The uniforms worn by the officers are more like US uniforms in cut and cloth than British. Roy's officer's hat is distinctly American in shape. See more »


Kitty: Well, no more ballet for me. I'm sick of being high brow with my feet. You and I, ducky, are going to get into a revue.
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Valcikna Rozloucenou
Music by Robert Burns
Lyrics by Charles Hot
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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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