The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

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EPISODE # 52:  When it was released in 1946, THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES became the most successful film since GONE WITH THE WIND. The movie connected deeply with a country that was recovering from World War II as it told the story of three combat veterans, each wounded in their own way, returning to their small town after the end of the war and transitions back into everyday life. All three lead actors (Dana Andrews, Frederic March, and acting newcomer Harold Russell) and director William Wyler served the United States during the war, and their passion for this project shines through in every scene. In this episode of Classic Movie Recall, James and Lara discuss deep focus photography, which actor was discovered by Mr. Wyler in a military training video, and which famous director (whose film lost the Best Picture Oscar to this one) absolutely loved it. Could THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES be one of the best films you’ll see in YOUR life? Join us and find out.

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