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Waterloo Bridge (1940)

Passed   |    |  Drama, Romance, War


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During World War I, believing her fiance to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution. From there, things only get worse for her in this tragic, heart-wrenching, love story.

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  • Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor in Waterloo Bridge (1940)
  • Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor in Waterloo Bridge (1940)
  • Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor in Waterloo Bridge (1940)
  • Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor in Waterloo Bridge (1940)
  • Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor in Waterloo Bridge (1940)
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25 March 2017 | AlsExGal
8
| A worthy remake...
... and I can hardly ever say that about precode films remade in the production code era.

The original Waterloo Bridge starred Mae Clarke and was considered a pre-code, with more stark portrayal and language about the heroine's fate. Although this 1940 version was under the heavy hand of the censors, I still like it just as much as the original version. Basically we have a young woman who believes the man she loves is dead and has no way to survive but the world's oldest profession. It's not a fate she chooses, just one that she has to choose in order to eat. Yet society judges her although nobody gives her an alternative.

Everyone remembers Vivien Leigh for "Gone with the Wind", but I think that this film and "That Hamilton Woman" are truly her best performances. The romance and chemistry between her and Robert Taylor is genuine, and just adds to the tragedy of the entire film, and then there's the final scene - which I can't tell you about without spoiling it for you. Just let me say that one piece of jewelry and one line spoken in remembrance makes the film complete.

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