TLW Hits the Road: A Trip to the ‘From Here to Eternity’ Beach

Posted in Epic Film Quest! on November 20th, 2012 by Nick

Readers, friends, foes, and followers: Apologies for the radio silence! I was conquering the island of Oahu on a two week excursion of awesomeness. I jumped out of a plane, surfed Waikiki, hiked up a volcano and as a result, sadly neglected this ol’ blog here. However, The Winslow was in my thoughts as we took a side quest to Halona Cove – the filming location of the 1953 Best Picture winner From Here to EternityEpic Film Quest shoutout!

While driving down the eastern coast of Oahu, we stopped by the Halona Blowhole specifically to check out the Cove and see the very spot where Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr made out in the then-controversial “sex scene”. (I asked the wifee to roll around in the sand with me while a stranger filmed it, but she understandably declined). Surely, you remember the scene to which I’m referring:

How steamy.

It’s been awhile since I’ve tackled another film on my quest to watch every single Best Picture winner ever. (I am a slacker and procrastinator, but shit gets busy when you’re gettin’ hitched.) Now that I’m back from Hawaii, I’ve got a renewed sense of determination and motivation, and do plan on finishing my quest…even if it takes me an eternity, dammit! ONWARD!

Here a few pics and a vid I took at the scene. I promise to never abandon you ever again. Or at least not until I get married again. (That was a joke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘From Here to Eternity’: An ‘Epic’ Hangover Cure

Posted in Epic Film Quest! on April 16th, 2012 by Nick

While wasting my life away on the couch on what looked from my window to be a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I wished I drank less whiskey the night before. Though, the day’s hangover meant I had nothing but time to take 1953′s Best Picture winner, From Here to Eternity, out for a test drive while my liver worked overtime. A black-and-white movie was a risky move for my sorry state, but it was one that inevitably paid off. Why? Because with a cast like Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra, and Burt Lancaster, what can go wrong, really?

Private Prewitt (Clift) gets an army transfer to Hawaii after trying to escape a life of boxing with his former company. He’s abused and tortured by his superiors for not wanting to fight, because as we see later in the film, the dude can kick some serious ass. He has only one friend who will stand up for him, Sinatra’s Maggio, who turns out to be a little firecracker himself. Meanwhile, Sergeant Warden (Lancaster) bangs his captain’s wife on a beach during their secret love affair, cementing one of the most classic love scenes in movie history.

Sure, the love scene is mostly classic and iconic, but the rest of the film holds its own too. The narrative nicely frog-hops between the various B-plots, giving the more-than-credible cast his and her own time to shine (Deborah Kerr nabbed the role of the Captain’s lustful wife Karen Holmes). Oftentimes, older movies struggle with pacing (at least to a modern audience member like myself), but the way each mini-story unraveled propelled the story forward even further, making it a great success in terms of story-telling and acting, while also capturing the zeitgeist of the time.

Oh, right. And then Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.

Twelve years passed from the time Pearl Harbor was attacked to the time when this film was made. I wonder if that was considered “too soon” for the 1953 audience. I remember when World Trade Center and United 93 came out just five years after 9-11 and thinking that the studios were batshit crazy for making and releasing those films so soon. Granted, 12 years is longer than five, but I wonder how widely accepted From Here to Eternity was at first. Obviously, it went on to win Best Picture, so I guess any naysayers got over it once they discovered how much merit the film has.

Last, but not least, I would also like to say that From Here to Eternity is a far superior film than Michael Bay’s 2001 shitshow entitled Pearl Harbor. But now that almost everyone in the world despises Mr. Bay, maybe this can go without saying. Which is always something people say right after they’ve already said the thing that didn’t really need mentioning.

The 50′s was a great era. Looking forward to the rest of the winners from that time period. That said, my next rendezvous is with Marlon Brando and “On the Waterfront.” Ahoy!

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