Genre Guesstimation – Between Two Worlds (1944)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Kristen of KN Winiarski Writes and we will be reviewing our favorite Classic Fantasy films (thru the 1970’s).

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Nov by sending them to classickristen@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Kristen!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Classic Fantasy films (thru the 1970’s)……

“Death. People have all sorts of notions. It’s really very simple. You see my son, you make a Heaven and a Hell for yourselves on Earth. You only bring it with you here. Some people waste their moment on Earth, waste it tragically. Others… Toss it aside, But you, my son, You used it beautifully, as it was meant to be used, and you may be sure there’s nothing here for you but joy and content. Are you happy now?” – Reverend Tim Thompson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A group of passengers on a ship sailing to an unknown destination all try to figure out how they got there.

My Take on it – This is another film that I knew nothing about before coming across it while researching films in this genre.

The story is told in such an intriguing and gripping way and works so well in establishing how the world (possibly) works.

They do a wonderful job keeping things very ambiguous as things play out and we are just as much in the dark about things as the characters are as they each do their best to understand the truth.

They are able to develop these characters really well as we get a clear idea of who they each are as things progress.

Once they reveal the fantastical aspects of the story, things get even more intriguing as things play out in ways we never would expect.

The film has a great cast led by John Garfield, Paul Henreid and Eleanor Parker.

Henry Travers and Sidney Greenstreet tho are the standout in the cast as characters who help guide these characters onward towards an unknown destiny.

Bottom Line – Such an intriguing and gripping premise. The story keeps things very ambiguous as the characters all scramble to try and get an understanding of the truth. Each of the characters is developed really well and we get a clear idea of who they all are along the way. Once the plot is revealed, things get even more intriguing as we get to see how things play out.  The cast is superb with Garfield, Henreid and Parker doing wonderful jobs. Travers and Greenstreet are the highlights here as they help guide these characters onward. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold named Between Two Worlds as his personal favorite among his film scores. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Absolutely!  Amazing premise that is presented so well when dealing with life and the after life.

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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