“What’s the matter? I bought you the horse.” – Gino
Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 May 2018)
Brief Synopsis – After the death of his wife, an Italian immigrant brings his sister-in-law to America from Italy in order to become his new bride.
My Take on it – Here is yet another film that I had never heard of beforehand until I saw that Anthony Quinn was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his role.
The story istelf is quite strange and I found it mostly boring throughout the runtime.
The story itself comes across as being quite unrealistic and it’s hard to believe that the characters act the way they do because it all seems so dispassionate and monotonous.
It’s as if, the characters themselves have trouble believing everything that they must do.
The romance aspects of this story feel too forced and it’s hard to believe any of them.
The nomination of Quinn really surprised me because his character doesn’t really have much of an arc through the film and I didn’t feel as if the situation presented was able to be much of a catharsis for him which would warrant an actor getting a nomination.
Yes, his character doesn’t treat his wife properly and doesn’t realize that he is doing that, but that shouldn’t be enough for a nomination.
Basically, his performance doesn’t feel out of the ordinary or even powerful enough to have deserved an Oscar nomination.
Regardless, no one was gonna beat Alec Guinness’ performance from The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), so it doesn’t really matter who else was nominated.
Bottom Line – Really strange and boring film that doesn’t come across as being very realistic at all. The characters don’t feel as if they really believe that they are in the situations that they are put in. I’m a bit surprised that Quinn was nominated for Best Actor for this role because his character doesn’t have much of an arc that one can really care about.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – John Sturges was the original director, but on March 15, 1957, only a week before the shooting was scheduled to begin, he withdrew due to illness, according to contemporary news items. George Cukor took over and stated years later in a interview that Sturges left the project to replace Fred Zinnemann on The Old Man and the Sea (1958), but a Cukor biography states that Sturges left the project when it became apparent that the film would be more of a love story than an action picture. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)
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