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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
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Lord Harry Almsbury
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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
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Corinne Carlton
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Sir Thomas Dudley
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Matt Goodgroome
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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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Otto Preminger replaced John M. Stahl as director. See more »

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King Charles II: [to his spaniels] Children, children, what distressing behavior.
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Long but entertaining
11 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Story takes place in 1660 England. Strong willed 16 year old Amber St. Clair (Linda Darnell) falls in love with bland Bruce Carlton (Cornel Wilde). She follows him to England but he doesn't love her. So Amber decides to become rich and powerful no matter what.

The book this was based on was a HUGE bestseller in the 1940s. It was (for its time) a racy book that makes it clear that Amber sleeps her way to the top. Also the book was historically accurate and (even at 800+ pages) a fascinating read. 20th Century Fox took the book, jettisoned all the racy stuff (more or less) and spent great care and no expense in bringing this to the screen. It's in beautiful color with gorgeous costumes and sets. Sure, there are plot holes and bad acting but this is never dull and speeds along. Even at 140 minutes it didn't seem too long.

Darnell is beautiful and pretty good in the lead. George Sanders matches her playing Charles II. He's clearly enjoying himself. Richard Greene is good also popping up as a friend of Ambers. However Wilde is pretty bad as Carlton--you keep wondering what Amber sees in him. The silly wig he wears doesn't do him any favors. It's kind of funny to realize this was considered pretty dirty back in 1947. It wouldn't raise an eyebrow today and, as it is, the movie never makes it clear that Amber is sleeping around.

So it's colorful, elaborate and well worth catching. The book was better but this is easier than reading it! An 8.


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