After watching this 1955 soap opera - I'm now convinced that love is not a many-splendored thing at all. No. It isn't.
It was so easy to see, almost right from the start, where this trite, little Romantic-Drama was going. It held absolutely no surprises for this viewer. And its ending was one of the most laughable that I've seen in a mighty long time.
And, if that wasn't bad enough - Strains of this film's title theme-song swelled up so often throughout the course of the story that it ended up making me absolutely sick to death of hearing it.
This film, now 60 years old, may have satisfied its audience back in the good, old days, but, today, it's just an easily-forgettable nothing of a picture, if you wanna know the truth.
After patiently sitting through this 1955, star-vehicle, meant solely to showcase the likes of Jennifer Jones and William Holden, I'm now convinced that love is a many-demented thing. It really is. As on-screen lovers, I found Jones and Holden had as much chemistry going between them as do two, cross-eyed slugs meeting for the first time.
I think - The only audience that this trite, mixed-race tale of semi-forbidden romance could ever appeal to would be those who (after watching only the first 10 minutes of this film) still cannot figure out where this one's story is inevitably heading. (Yes. This picture's story was really that predictable)
This film also lost itself some significant points because director Henry King did not see the importance (as I do) of taking lots of close-ups of the actors' faces as they deliver their dialogue, pretending to emote real feelings of passion, anger, sorrow, etc., etc. King held the camera back so far that I couldn't tell, a good part of the time, what the real expression was on these people's faces.
*Note* - Be prepared to end up hating (like I did) this film's title song "Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing" by the time the story is over, due to repeated strains of this popular tune being constantly recycled throughout the entire course of its 102-minute running time.
Fair - Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) 102 min. Sappy dialogue and terrible casting (with respect to Jennifer Jones) who plays Dr. Han Suyin. The real life Dr. Suyin looks Chinese – Jennifer Jones does not. The story is about pushing the envelope on what’s socially acceptable and what is not – both from the standpoint of Chinese and Western cultures. Won Oscars in 1956 for score, song “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing”, and costume design.
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