Set during the Korean War, a Navy fighter pilot must come to terms with with his own ambivalence towards the war and the fear of having to bomb a set of highly defended bridges. The ending of this grim war drama is all tension.
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Toward the end of his life, F. Scott Fitzgerald is writing for Hollywood studios to be able to afford the cost of an asylum for his wife. He is also struggling against alcoholism. Into his life comes the famous gossip columnist.
In Hong Kong in 1949, Mark Elliott is an American reporter covering the Chinese civil war. Undergoing a trial separation from his wife, he meets the beautiful Dr. Han Suyin, a widowed physician from mainland China. As the pair fall in love, they encounter disapproval from both her family and his friends about their interracial romance. Although the film was a commercial success upon release, the casting of Jones in an Asian role has since been criticized.Written by
The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be also nominated for Best Song, and Best Cinematography (Color), and Best Costume Design (Color). See more »
The story takes place in 1949, but the aircraft that returns Mark to Hong Kong is Pan American World Airways N6535C, named "Clipper Mercury". It was a Douglas DC-6B, which entered service in 1952 and left service in 1961. See more »
Are we going swimming?
Dr. Han Suyin:
Mark, going out with you once was harmless enough. I don't want my seeing you to be awkward. Hong Kong has a peculiar code and malice is a pleasant pastime for women with nothing to do.
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Jennifer Jones was at her best when she played rebel characters :unforgettable are Pearl in "Duel in the sun" ,Ruby Gentry in the eponymous movie,Hazel in "gone to earth" .Besides, her Madame Bovary outshines all the other actresses ,be they Valentine Tessier in REnoir's work or Isabelle Huppert in Chabrol's.
"Love is a many-splendored thing",although it has a splendid score,cinematography and competent acting displays a tamed,self-conscious and finally not always completely convincing Jones:neither her or her friend Susan are credible as Eurasians (Susan is blonde ,at that!).When she comes back to her roots (that is to say her Chinese family),we find it hard thinking Jones and them a family unit.
Despite the several reservations expressed,"love is a many-splendored thing" is a good work and an unqualified must for melodrama buffs.The scenes on the hill are very moving.
Actually Jones is closer here to Bernadette -which King also directed- than to her desperate romantic heroines eaten up with passion.
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