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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
Mary Boland ...
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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19 February 1944 (USA)  »

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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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Les Sylphides
(1909) (uncredited)
Ballet choreographed by Mikhail Fokin (1909)
Includes the following music by Frédéric Chopin, portions of which were played at the ballet:
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A nice chance for two 'lesser' stars to shine...
7 May 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Ida Lupino and Paul Henreid both were very good actors, but very often they were either cast as either supporting actors or starred in smaller and less prestigious films. Here, however, Warner Brothers put both of them in a top film and gave them both a chance to shine--and they were more than up to the task. In particular, Lupino was lovely. Her performance was strong but also with a lot of style--she really was in her element here.

The film begins in the mid-late 1930s in Poland. Ida and her boss (Mary Boland) are visiting the country to buy antiques to take back to Boland's business in England. Shortly after the story begins, a local nobleman (Henreid) meets Lupino and is obviously smitten with her. When he asks her to marry him, there is a bit of a scandal within the family--after all, she is just a commoner. This romance and its repercussions make up the first 2/3 of the film.

At the same time, there are small hints here and there about the upcoming invasion of Poland by the Nazis--something with which audiences of 1944 would have been well acquainted. Eventually, the Nazi hoards invade and Henreid is called to active duty and the inevitable conquest begins.

Overall, there is a lot to like about this film. As I said above, the acting is very, very good. Plus, Henreid and Lupino are ably assisted by various supporting actors that also rise to the occasion. The direction and cinematography are also first-rate. These factors, combined with a good story, make for a very good film--a propaganda film with greater depth than usual and which is still very watchable today.


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