Sunday, May 17, 2015

Movie Review: A Place in the Sun (1951)

A few days ago I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time I had actually seen.  I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed.  If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies.  I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter.  Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #99 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

A Place in the Sun

A Place in the Sun (1951) Poster

Believe it or not, I finally watched this movie for the first time in my life.  It is a cautionary tale about a young man (Montgomery Clift) who gets a job in his uncle's company and meets a young lady (Shelley Winters) who works there as well.  They go out together and go too far.  He also meets the daughter of a well-to-do family who are friends with the uncle and falls in love with her.  Everything is going well until the first girl lets him know that she is in the family way.  And that is where everything begins to go wrong.

Outstanding performance by Elizabeth Taylor as the  socialite, Angela Vickers.

I don't know if I would deliberately watch it again but perhaps by accident . . . 

This movie was nominated for 9 Oscars and received 6 -- Best Director, Best Writing Screenplay, Best Cinematograph, Black and White, Best Costume Design Black and White, Best Film Editing, Best music Scorring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.