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
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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:
No wonder you seek solace in amusement, sire.
Amber St. Clair:
Can a common trollop help you to forget?
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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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