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A Place in the Sun (1951)

Drama | 122 minutes
3,68 159 votes

Genre: Drama / Romance

Duration: 122 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: George Stevens

Stars: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters

IMDb score: 7,7 (24.698)

Releasedate: 12 June 1951

A Place in the Sun plot

"Young people asking so much of life... taking so much of love!"

George (Montgomery Clift) is a handsome, charming but aimless man who goes to work in a factory of a wealthy relative. He becomes quite lonely and has a passionate affair with one of his colleagues (Shelley Winters). He soon forgets her when he meets the beautiful, wealthy Angela (Elizabeth Taylor). His colleague, however, wants him back and has also become pregnant with his child. She forces him to marry her or she will betray him to his new society friends.

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Actors and actresses

George Eastman

Angela Vickers

Hannah Eastman

Earl Eastman

Defense Attorney Bellows

District Attorney R. Frank Marlowe

Charles Eastman

Anthony Vickers

Mrs. Ann Vickers

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avatar van kos


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I give the same mark as the previous speaker. I also thought it was a good film, but the reason why it doesn't roll out a very high score is the exact opposite of The One Ring. I thought that it only became predictable and less good after the 'murder'. The first hour was by far the best for me. Nice to see how George feels left out of the world he likes to belong to and then clings to a normal working-class girl. . Very well played by Clift.

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avatar van Dievegge


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The contrast between the two women in George's life is made clear by their clothing, jewellery, make-up and the accompanying interiors. Shelley Winters wears cheap clothes; Liz Taylor wears Edith Head prom dresses. On the night of his birthday, George moves from the Eastmans' spacious house to Alice's rented room with a small table and a bed. His love triangle is not only about the choice between two women, but also between two lifestyles. A future with Angela Vickers seems too good to be true. The subject abortion was not allowed to be explicitly mentioned in 1951, but the conversation with the doctor is undeniably about that.

This conflict turns into a question of guilt. Technically, George didn't kill Alice, because she fell herself. However, he intended to kill her and did nothing to save her. The chaplain decides that George is to blame for her death, even though he didn't push her.

Montgomery Clift belonged to a young generation with a new acting style. You can see his inner tension in his cramped shoulders, his crooked sitting position and the sweat on his face. Liz Taylor would get glamorous roles more often, while Shelley Winters would usually play the ugly duckling. At the ball you can see a pool trick shot and many extras. Bess Flowers belongs to the writing press during the trial.

The first hour is very dark. The sun-drenched Lake Tahoe forms a contrast to this, as a symbol of the hope of a way out. Successive scenes overlap by an dissolve. The camera usually records distantly. Only during the romantic scenes with Clift and Taylor are there close-ups to evoke an intimate atmosphere.

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Fisico (moderator films)

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Graceful and charismatic Taylor, once again. Sounds like pure pleonasm to me. A more naive role from her with the unconditional love, but still as graceful as ever. George noticed that too when he first saw her. Instantly madly in love (who wouldn't?), but thinking 'completely unattainable', neither economically nor physically... You just start a relationship with one of the workers on the shop floor. Not bad either, and more realistic, although there is also something wrong with that woman. And then you're stuck with it and you want to get rid of it. However, simply dumping isn't really an option if you're being emotionally blackmailed.

It produces an interesting love triangle until the web gets tightened tighter and tighter. The film also evolves halfway from a romantic film to a crime film. Although George is not exactly one of the smartest actions, the police investigation is reeling off very quickly. All in all, the puzzle pieces fell together easily. But the emphasis of the film lies elsewhere and continues to rely on George who has and wants to keep the unattainable love. There is a lot of attention for George during the love triangle. That's the core of the movie. His past is also quite simply told and does not really match his appearance or presence.

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