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Forever Amber (1947)

In seventeenth-century England, Amber St. Clair aims to raise herself from country girl to nobility, and succeeds, but loses her true love in the process.

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Earl of Radcliffe
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Nan Britton
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Mother Red Cap
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Amber St Clair means to get on in life and despite a poor background knows she has the assets to do it. Husbands, lovers, prison and a liaison with King Charles II form a tapestry of apparently calculating ups and downs, although in fact the one love of her life, Bruce Carlton, is never far from Amber's thoughts. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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The spectacle ... the fire ... the plague ... swords that clash ... excitement that mounts ... lips that meet ... and adventure that sweeps the screen !


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10 November 1947 (Sweden)  »

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Aina vain Amber  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,000,000
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1.37 : 1
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Gene Tierney was considered for the title role, but she disliked the script and did not push to be cast in the film. Linda Darnell was cast instead. See more »

Quotes

Lord Harry Almsbury: Amber, you've restored my vanished faith in gambling at long odds.
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Lavish costumer from best-selling historical romance...
8 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

Kathleen Windsor's racy best-seller lost some of its punch in transition to the screen--mainly because censorship restrictions forced a complete whitewash of Amber St. Clair's exploits in bed-hopping. What is left is mild compared to today's graphic depiction of sex--but since the story unfolds against an interesting historical background in London during the reign of Charles II, it is worth viewing. Linda Darnell was not the first choice for Amber--Peggy Cummins began the role but after filming several scenes was dismissed as being too immature. Linda makes a voluptuous, willful Amber. Cornel Wilde is excellent as Bruce Carlton, her true love--although an unrequited one by the film's end. George Sanders does a terrific job as Charles II, spouting some of the film's wittiest dialogue and clever in his cat-and-mouse game with Amber. Richard Haydn as the Earl of Radcliffe gives perhaps the most interesting performance in the entire film, particularly during the fire sequences. The London fire is staged with authority, as are the scenes involving the Black Plague. David Raksin's musical background is a sumptuous, richly textured score (now available on CD from Marco Polo records). A film full of rich details under Otto Preminger's direction--but not as strong because of censorship restrictions and the inability to tell the story the way Windsor wrote it. The ending is entirely too abrupt in the video print with the original lengthier ending missing for some reason. Fans of Linda Darnell and Cornel Wilde will especially like this one.


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