Run Time: 113:00 Final Format: DVD - NTSC Year: 1933
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Aspect Ratio: 4 X 3 FULL FRAME, Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33 Audio: Mono 1.0 - English
Wartime romance is always potent material for film, with the specter of sudden death making now intense and desperate. Today We Live is such a film. Set during World War I, it tells the story of a lovely English aristocrat whose heart belongs to a dashing American flyer...and to her childhood sweetheart, who cannot face war's terror without her love. Few films have so impressive a pedigree: the only screen pairing of movie icons Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford, direction by Howard Hawks (The Dawn Patrol, Air Force) and story and dialogue by 1949 Nobel Prize-winner William Faulkner. Highlighted by thrilling combat sequences, Today We Live is a haunting reminder of the sacrifices of body, mind and spirit made in time of war.
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NR (Not Rated)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm surprised at the negative reviews here regarding "Today We Live". The triangle between Joan, Franchot Tone as her brother and Robert Young as their childhood friend is so touchingly and sensitively directed and rendered by these actors, I don't see how anyone could fail to be moved by it. Joan is beautiful as never before--and never again--she is really at her most stunning here. There's an electrifying shot of her staring gloomily out a rainy window, turning her head slowly toward the camera to peer through an open bedroom door at Robert Young that you have to see to believe. And except for a few stagey moments, she is always convincing, and--as one reviewer pointed out about another of her films--was generally more natural and contemporary than her peers. Young also was never this good, and Franchot Tone nearly walks away with the movie. Gary Cooper as the love interest is interesting, and the sexual theme about not waiting for marriage is very modern and daring for the time...
I first saw "Today We Live" about 8 years ago (when I was just beginning to discover the wonderful world of Miss Joan Crawford) and I watched it right after "Sadie McKee" (my very favorite movie) and figured that it would be rather similar. After all, Joan made so many pictures for M-G-M during the '30s with very similar plots and storylines, however "Today We Live" is nothing like any of Joan's other pictures. It's a complete original and I mean that in both a good and a not-so-good way.
"Today We life," is not one that I'm crazy about at all. I've seen it a few times and each time I have to force myself to finish watching it because it's so boring. Was Joan supposed to have a British accent? I couldn't tell. The story is Joan's signature M-G-M love-triangle formula but it seems like someone left it on the rinse cycle a little too long because everyone's all wet. This is a war-era movie, maybe that's why I don't like it; those movies never worked out too well for Joan...
I am reviewing the product here, not the wisdom of paying the price posted for it. This film is a Warner Archive product made on demand on DVD-R consisting of the finest material Warner Brothers currently has in its vault, but with no restoration done especially for this release. There are no scene selections - you can only go forwards and backwards in ten minute intervals. You can buy this product directly from Warner Brothers for just under twenty dollars, or you can buy it in a bundle with five other Gary Cooper films for a greatly reduced price. The case in which this and all Warner Archive products are shipped is quite sturdy. The artwork is nothing to write home about, but neither is it amateurish looking. Now for the details of the film itself.
This film could have been great with some adequate dialogue and character development. For some reason the makers of this film seemed to believe that because three of the main characters were supposed to be British that it was...
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