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From Here to Eternity (1953)

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NOTE: This commentary is not available on the Superbit version of the movie.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Tim Zinnemann (Fred Zinnemann's son) and Alvin Sargent (longtime friend of the director and a featured player in "From Here to Eternity") Rating:7.0/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Glenn Hopp on June 1st, 2007:Find all reviews by Glenn Hopp
"Just remember the camera's an information booth. Let the people come to you." This is John Ford's advice to the young Fred Zinnemann, as quoted by Tim Zinnemann, the son of the director of this film. The Ford comment is meant to show the artistic error of the moving camera (in the view of Ford). It comes around the 52-minute mark of this commentary, and it leads to a brief discussion of camera setups, editing, and the final cut (which in the day of this film belonged to studio heads like Harry Cohn, not to the director). Neither Tim Zinnemann nor Alvin Sargent points out that today the style favors the moving camera nor do they get into the pluses/minuses of moving or not moving the camera. The commentary is rich with personal memories (especially the sudden and lasting rift between Sinatra and director Zinnemann), but quite a few of the stories are not directly about the making of the film. It's a bit of a disappointment that the remarks are so anecdotal and digressive, though one personal story that Tim Zinnemann shares about having dinner as a teenager with Montgomery Clift at Don the Beachcomber's after the film was completed is a great snapshot of Clift's less appealing side (and wonderfully told). Tim Zinnemann needs to focus his remarks better, though he's good on his father's use of real locations as an outgrowth of Fred Zinnemann's documentary background. It takes a while to get to the meatier insights in the commentary, and then some stretches of silence start to turn up. Alvin Sargent adds little.