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Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

 

D-

 

Cripes, it's supposedly a classic and I don't see why.

 

WWII war correspondant meets/falls in love with a Eurasian doctor-complications ensue.

 

It looks like it was filmed in Hong Kong -which is gorgeous- but to me, that's the only thing good about the whole film.

I'm sure it was released at a time in which a Caucasian man (AND HE'S MARRIED) dating a Eurasian woman was in horribly bad taste, so I'll bypass actually counting how many times she declares she is EURASIAN! (Must have been a brand new word back then, too).

 

The sets weren't spectacular, the editing is horrible. I don't know if the acting sucks or it's just that the dialogue is so stilted.

 

It does have a "so-bad-it's-good" quality to it, for instance,the gat dammed theme song is shoehorned in EVERY possible scene-it's in lobby music, bands in scenes play it, it swells up when they kiss-it is UBIQUITOUS. And cheesy. I small a drinking game!

 

If not drinking, don't bother.

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About Time- C+

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2194499/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_8

 

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