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Beloved Infidel [Dutch Import] [DVD]

Gregory Peck , Deborah Kerr , Henry King    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Deborah Kerr, Eddie Albert, Philip Ober, Herbert Rudley
  • Directors: Henry King
  • Writers: Gerold Frank, Sheilah Graham, Sy Bartlett
  • Producers: Jerry Wald
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Y35DUU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,138 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb print of a classic tear-jerker. 24 Jun 2014
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Though flawed by a rather over the top series of "drunk" early scenes once the film gets underway, and the raw emotion becomes evident, the film comes into its own and moves relentlessly to its tragic conclusion. Two stars deliver impressive leading roles and the CinemaScope format is used to splendid effect. As biopics go this ain't half bad and the final moments should raise a tear in all but the most cynical or stoney-hearted! The final moments where Kerr is left alone in the empty house are particularly impressive and rise the production above the conventions of melodrama into something approaching realist cinema. Recommended for an emotional wallow of epic proportions.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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No surprise at all. Seeing various movies with DEBORAH KERR as well as GREGORY PECK, one only hope the best. I already knew something about this movie, for that it was not surprise to watch this wonderful picture which came with very good photography and the usal high performance of these marvelous stars.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best film 9 Sep 2011
By Jimmy
Beloved Infidel - one of Gregory Pecks best, full of emotion, funny, sad (a tear jerker). A good story which develops and a brilliant but sad ending so have plenty of tissues. I would recommend this movie to all who love a good heartfelt story.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Look at a Tragic Story 2 Jan 2002
By Sandra Mitchell - Published on
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Beloved Infidel is a touching look at the relationship of Hollywood gossip columnist Sheila Graham & F. Scott Fitzgerald. After successful novels like The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night and This Side of Paradise, to name a few, Fitzgerald hit a career and personal slump. His wife Zelda was institutionalized and his writing career at a down turn, Fitgerald was struggling to earn money to cover Zelda's medical fees and his daughter's boarding school while trying to maintain his own sense of self-worth. Enter Sheila Graham who was a life preserver to Fitzgerald and helped him with his struggles, including alcholism. As a fan of F.Scott Fitzgerald, Beloved Infidel is a heartfelt and introspective look at his love affair with Sheila Graham. Gregory Peck does a fantastic job playing Fitzgerald in an honest and charismatic way. Deborah Kerr is equally marvelous, playing the caring and controversial Sheila Graham. On screen, Peck & Kerr are adorable. While the story is tragic, it is also touching and fantastically done.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very earnest film about very crazy people 5 July 2007
By Daniel G. Madigan - Published on
Deborah Kerr is the reason to see this film; she is Sheilah Graham, the gossip columnist from the 40s and 50s in Hollywood. She was featured on both radio and television, and she had an odd voice and her comments were deeply personal about movie stars, so much so you thought she lived with them all intimately.

Deborah Kerr plays her as a woman who has invented her past to impress everyone, including Gregory Peck, who plays F.Scott Fitzgerald. He exposes her fictions in a scene on a large beach, where noone else goes, and it is one of the most harrowing forced-confession scenes on screen. Further on into the film, we learn about Fitzgerald, and the fictions he wrote and the many fictions he told to Graham and others, and one sees why Sheilah Graham appealed to him..she, a very adept fabricator of fictions, as he was in and out of novels and short stories, and the very occasional screen play.

See this film for Deborah Kerr's incredible gestures and poses and false statements; her complete inability to relate to truth, and her self-righteous fights with Scott, and Gregory peck's violence toward her, as she rejects his drinking as cute, and his teaching her literature as opressive; and then at the end, a huge dramatic scene with Peck, and a great soundtrack, finds her on that unihabited beach again..a kind of return to the strangely bleak place of exposure ; but then Sheilah Graham writes the memoir, Beloved Infidel, with another writer, and it's fiction all over again especially as adapted for the screen. Their affair is awash with questions and speculations..all of which come out in this film. Any kind of story would do, and it works here, just as much as the fiction that Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald were really lovers.

Gregory Peck has, in this, as in many films in the late 50s, an Atticus Finch problem..this film is before To Kill A Mocking Bird, and it is as if Atticus himself were asked to play this alcoholic writer..he could never do it, nor could Gregory Peck. It's stogy and over- worked acting; he's not dissipated enough; but, it adds to the overall fiction of the life of these two people.

See this film, and admire the gloss of cinemascope and DeLuxe color, as it washes over one and all and gives us a disturbing look at lives only hinted at, because that is all they were really, hints of lives.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good... 6 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Gregory Peck is hopelessly miscast as F. Scott Fitzgerald, first because of his looks and second because of his presence which kind of leads back to his looks. The story just skims little of what we know about Fitzgerald's life. What about Zelda, his wife?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You write beautiful prose, Scott, but we can't photograph adjectives." 10 Feb 2014
By Trevor Willsmer - Published on
Despite its low reputation among devotees of the author, Beloved Infidel is a surprisingly decent attempt to turn a self-destructive F. Scott Fitzgerald's affair with gossip columnist Sheila Graham into a glossy CinemaScope love story in the 20th Century Fox house style of the Fifties. Not that it's going for pure soap, with undervalued and unfairly forgotten A-list director Henry King seemingly using A Star is Born for his template, with his screenwriting career failing because he can't adapt his style to the screen while his books fall out of favour - he can't even find a copy of his book to buy her. The comparisons are particularly pronounced in scenes where Gregory Peck's down on his luck author drunkenly barges in on a rehearsal for a radio broadcast and just keeps on making things worse or when he drunkenly insults an admirer on a plane while Deborah Kerr's would-be muse sits cringing in embarrassment. Elsewhere, it draws parallels with the author's own work as he falls for a woman who, like Jay Gatsby, has reinvented her humble origins but can't forget them.

For all his stolid reputation, Peck was always interested in challenging his screen image and even though he's one of the least likely casting choices imaginable for Fitzgerald, he's clearly relishing the opportunity to cut loose in the second half of the picture with the occasional homicidal drunken rage. Kerr's more obviously in her usual comfort zone, worrying, trying to manage a deteriorating situation and suffering as required. King's direction is polished and intelligent, pulling off a couple of nice moments such as their first meeting being played entirely by subtle eye contact or a nightmarish tableaux giving way to a suddenly empty room near the end of the film, though this being a 50s Fox film, the Love is a Man Splendored Thingish final scene where memories give way to a title song that really struggles to find rhymes with Infidel (the most awkward aspect of an excellent Franz Waxman score) is more likely to provoke smirks than tears. It's not the enduring classic it clearly wants to be, but it's still a much better melodrama than its detractors might claim.

Twilight Time's region-free limited edition Blu-ray release offers an excellent transfer in the film's original widescreen ratio, an isolated score track, original trailer and booklet.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie 26 Oct 2011
By K. Churn - Published on
As a movie, "Beloved Infidel" was a good one. Not great, but good. Because I'd researched Sheliah Graham beforehand, I found myself wondering how much of the story was fact and how much was fiction. Besides that though, the movie was beautifully done. The scenery, especially the beach scenes, were lovely to look at.

I actually found Gregory Peck believable as F. Scott Fitzgerald. I'm probably the only person over 40 who hasn't seen "To Kill a Mockingbird" (although I do own the video and hope to watch it someday), I didn't have to worry about the "Atticus Finch Effect" in watching this film. My favorite Gregory Peck film is "Duel in the Sun" where he plays the evil and sexually charged Lewt McCanles. His mean,selfish, jealous, drunk Scott was enough to make me want to smack him on the head.

As always, Deborah Kerr was absolutely gorgeous and I really did feel that she knew what she was doing when she sometimes played Sheliah as an insecure little girl in a woman's body. The scene on the beach when she told Scott to "be nice" just by the way it was said told me that a.) something big was coming and b.) the revelation was going to explain the tone of that request.

All in all, I enjoyed this film and wouldn't mind watching it again.
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