Directed by William Wyler. US. 1942. NR. 134 minutes. Warner Bros. DVD.
Sun., February 12, 2012
This winner of six Academy Awards (including Best Film, Best Director and – of course – Best Actress) played a major role in rousing the American public to an awareness of what our British cousins had been enduring, prior to our entry into World War II. It beautifully and powerfully conveys the British peoples will and dignity, as they tried to maintain an air of normalcy on the home front while facing daily bombing raids and other threats. Greer Garson is most affecting as she and her film husband, Walter Pidgeon, seek to deal with deprivations and danger, and conveying a wholesome and happy home environment in the midst of it all. After seeing this rousing and influential film, Winston Churchill was heard to say it was more valuable to the war effort than the combined efforts of six army divisions.