The Story of Three Loves (1953)

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An anthology film consisting of three very different stories about love set in Europe and told in flashback.


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  • Pier Angeli in The Story of Three Loves (1953)
  • Pier Angeli in The Story of Three Loves (1953)
  • Kirk Douglas and Pier Angeli in The Story of Three Loves (1953)
  • Pier Angeli in The Story of Three Loves (1953)
  • Kirk Douglas and Pier Angeli in The Story of Three Loves (1953)
  • Ethel Barrymore and Ricky Nelson in The Story of Three Loves (1953)

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Directors:

Vincente Minnelli , Gottfried Reinhardt

Writers:

John Collier (segment), George Froeschel (adaptation), George Froeschel, Arnold Lipp (story), Jan Lustig (adaptation), Jan Lustig (segment), Jacques Maret (story), Ladislao Vajda (story)

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2 August 2005 | MartinHafer
9
| an excellent film that deserves a second look
Although this movie has three rather uneven stories in separate segments, the overall package succeeds, is quite beautiful artistically and is highly entertaining. For once, I think this movie on IMDb is UNDERRATED. However, I must say that I've seen this film several times and it did get better the more I watched it.

The first story is the best. It concerns Moira Shearer as a ballerina who has a heart condition but MUST dance, as to her ballet is a compulsion. The music by Rachmaninof is VERY haunting and I got it stuck in my brain for weeks following the movie. This segment reminded me of The Red Shoes (also starring Shearer) but was thankfully MUCH shorter and interesting--a definite plus for those like me who really DON'T like ballet!

The second is about as good and is a cute little fantasy involving a little boy who is magically transformed, temporarily, into an adult. As a child, he said how much he hated his governess, but as a man, hormones kick in and he is naturally drawn to the vivacious Leslie Caron (who wouldn't be?). It's cute and a bit sad as well.

The final is the weakest story about a trapeze artist who lost his last partner but now has discovered another,...and LOVE! It's a decent portion but is just overwhelmed by the quality of the other stories.

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