Friday, June 28, 2013

Waterloo Bridge (1940)

What a tearjerker! An old-fashioned romantic melodrama, Waterloo Bridge stars Robert Taylor and Vivien Leigh as the doomed lovers. Maria Ouspenskaya, a favorite in this house, also has a part. Mervyn LeRoy directs. It's a sad and touching story, not over-done, if you like this sort of thing. This is the 2nd adaptation of a play, the first film having been released in 1931.


DVD Talk concludes:
One of the truly great classical Hollywood tearjerkers is the beautifully quiet, tragic Waterloo Bridge. Vivien Leigh, fresh off her triumph in Gone With the Wind, is luminously lovely and sad, while Robert Taylor was never better as the life-loving officer who falls for Leigh at first sight. Straightforward melodrama not condescended to, with equal parts romance and tragedy combined for a heavy swoon effect. I highly, highly recommend the hushed, gentle, lovely Waterloo Bridge.
TCM has an overview. Rotten Tomatoes has a critics review of 80% and an audience score of 88%.

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