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Forever Amber (1947)

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1660, England. Amber St. Clair aims to raise herself from a country girl to nobility, and succeeds, but loses her true love in the process.

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Bruce Carlton
Richard Greene ...
Lord Harry Almsbury
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Glenn Langan ...
Capt. Rex Morgan
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Earl of Radcliffe
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Nan Britton
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Mother Red Cap
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Black Jack Mallard
Jane Ball ...
Corinne Carlton
Robert Coote ...
Sir Thomas Dudley
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Matt Goodgroome
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Margaret Wycherly ...
Mrs. Spong
Alma Kruger ...
Lady Redmond
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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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10 November 1947 (Sweden)  »

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Aina vain Amber  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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The Catholic Legion of Decency condemned the film for its "glamorization of immorality and licentiousness", and they demanded that the studio (20th Century-Fox) make changes so they could remove the film from the condemned list. The studio defiantly refused to initially, but when the actual boycotts began to occur, the studio caved in. During a period of about two months, 20th Century-Fox and representatives of the Legion of Decency discussed how the film could be changed so as to meet Catholic approval. Among the new scenes added was a narrated prologue over the credits that said that the main character would be punished for sins, a new ending in which Amber watches Lord Carlton leave for Virginia and ends up accepting a supper invitation from the King's equerry, plus the deletion of many scenes that suggested that Amber had many lovers and the addition of new scenes to condemn her immorality. After these changes were made, the Legion of Decency took the film off of the "condemned" list and moved it to the "Class B-Objectionable in Part" listing, but the film's bookings had been severely cut due to the earlier condemnation. 20th Century-Fox president Spyros P. Skouras later apologized to the Legion, not for offending them, but for refusing to conform to them. See more »

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King Charles II: [at a royal ball] Look at them. My loving subjects. You'd never know that half of them danced in Puritan garb while my father went to the chopping block.
Amber St. Clair: [moved] No wonder you seek solace in amusement, sire.
[slyly]
Amber St. Clair: Can a common trollop help you to forget?
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Marginal epic
23 May 2011 | by (South Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

FOREVER AMBER (1947) - This is a film that just misses the mark. Cornel Wilde is very one dimensional and uninteresting as Bruce. Linda Darnell, while quite beautiful, is a bit too melodramatic and unnatural in her acting. Their romance seems forced and lacks chemistry. Since the main plot relies on this romance, it weakens the entire film. If it was awful, then I would have turned it off. However, it isn't something that lingers in the mind that I can't wait to see again.

This story of a social-climbing, loose woman who claims to love Bruce with all her heart while doing everything to advance herself and showing no restraint or patience for him seems like it would have been very unappealing for its era. I kept hoping there would be something redeeming about it. Therefore, I kept watching.

Historically, it is very interesting and that is a good reason to watch. There were also some fine performances particularly from the precious little Bruce and the King (played by the always spot on George Sanders). It is a film, though, that tries too hard, and it came off as a weak, marginal epic.


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