The theater, the cinema and ourselves (1947)

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years of our lives is not only a little masterpiece of freshness and spontaneity, in which each man and woman, young or old, lives his or her life and no other; it seems to mark a definite turning point in the making of American films. There is no mistake this time. It is no ephemeral production, the memory of it will long outlast its actual theme. It will far outlive the difficult post-war years. To give an adequate idea of its humanity and charm would take the whole three hours it lasts—the mother looking affectionately at her daughter who taunts her with never having had any difficulties in her married life: "Any difficulties! How often have we had to fall in love all over again." We even plunge for a moment into America's banking position: "We must not gamble with our depositors' money", the bank manager says as he refuses loans to discharged soldiers whose only security is their integrity. The The returned sailor without hands, Homer Parrish {Harold Russell), with his former fiancee Wilma {Cathy O'Donnell). 4 6