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In Our Time (1944)

 -  Drama  -  19 February 1944 (USA)
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It is early 1939 in Poland when Mrs. Bromley and Jennifer come to buy antiques for her business in London. Jennifer meets Count Stephen and they wine, dine and see the sights though out the... See full summary »

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Jennifer Whittredge
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Count Stefan Orwid
Nancy Coleman ...
Janina Orwid
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Mrs. Bromley
Victor Francen ...
Count Pawel Orwid
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Zofia Orwid (as Nazimova)
Michael Chekhov ...
Uncle Leopold Baruta
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It is early 1939 in Poland when Mrs. Bromley and Jennifer come to buy antiques for her business in London. Jennifer meets Count Stephen and they wine, dine and see the sights though out the city. He wishes to marry, but his family is against plain Jennifer. When she tries to leave, he catches her at the train station and they are married. To be self sufficient, they modernize the family farm with tractors and increase production, but then Germany starts the war. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Count Stefan takes Jennifer on a walking tour of Warsaw. As they walk, stock footage is shown of various important monuments culminating in the bronze monument of Chopin by sculptor Waclaw Szymanowski. These monuments were all systematically destroyed by the Germans in 1940. See more »

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After the WB logo appears at the end, the letters W and B are separated and letters added to form the words "BUY War Bonds". See more »

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Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11
(1830) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Hummed and played on piano by Ida Lupino
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Polish Aristocrats Don't Like Commoners
14 June 2007 | by (15th Row Orchestra) – See all my reviews

A bit slow moving but nonetheless interesting. The only thing missing is Maria Ouspenskaya stirring a boiling cauldron.

Paul Henried and Ida Lupino fall in love near Warsaw. She's a British commoner employed by a fancy English antique collector. Paul and Ida meet by accident in an antique shop. After they do some innocent and tender kanoodling for a while, Paul decides to bring Ida home to meet the Fockers...oops...I mean the royal Orvid family.

Only philosophical uncle Leopold Baruta likes Ida. Paul's sister,Janina, hates her while the rest of the Orvids think she's not good enough for Paul. In the meantime, we encounter a guy who's supporting them all-- Count Pavel. The reason why he's a Count is because everyone watches him count his money to then disperse to them as monthly stipends.

Count Pavel is also a representative of Poland to Nazi Germany and he's convinced that, after Czechoslovakia, Hitler had no more territorial designs on Europe so it would be a good idea to give him the Polish Corridor so as not to tick him off into attacking Poland.

Ida begins to dislike the whole Orvid family and especially Paul's reliance on Pavel for dough. So she's about to hop a train to get her back to England when Paul promises to become independent and she buys into it. So they marry, start teaching the peasants how to till the land while Pavel seethes because this is no way for Polish nobility to act.

On Sept,1.1939, the Nazis invade Poland and begin bombing Warsaw. Paul puts on his military uniform and heads for battle. Ida is left home and somehow, she rallies the peasants into fighting the Germans which history proves to be an absurdity. She teaches them the "scorched earth" policy which history teaches was anachronistic because it was the Russians who employed it against the Nazis after 6/22/41.

However despite its flaws,it all makes for an interesting anti-Nazi, morale boosting film for us at home.


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