From Here to Eternity

SAM's Pride Month tribute to Montgomery Clift continues with Fred Zinnemann's 1953 adaptation of the sprawling James Jones novel, set in Hawaii just before Pearl Harbor. There's a reason the famous surfside smooch between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr is so endlessly quoted and parodied. It's one of the most classic images in cinema, an illicit interlude that can't last, an adulterous clinch just before the world goes to hell. The film earned eight Oscars, and it's a marvel of script condensation—still the towering model that Pearl Harbor, Tora! Tora! Tora!, and even The Thin Red Line sought to reach. Then there's that majestic cast, which also includes Frank Sinatra, Ernest Borgnine, and Donna Reed (who earned her Oscar for a very different sort of role than in It's a Wonderful Life). (NR) BRIAN MILLER

Fri., June 15, 7:30 p.m., 2012

 
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