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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and unforgettable melodrama, 21 Jan 2013
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William Taylor "20CFOX fan" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: You Only Live Once 75th Anniversary [DVD] [1937] (DVD)
"You only live once" is here presented in a crisp, sharply contrasted print with an excellent audio level - quite simply, you could never see any black and white film of the 1930's in better quality than this. It makes the photography look stunning.

I hadn't seen this in a long while, and I'd forgotten how good it is - it's usually "sold" as a crime melodrama, but it's equally one of classic cinema's great love stories. There is real chemistry between Henry Fonda and waif-like Sylvia Sydney and their tragic love story should move even the hardest of hearts. It's a story set against the background of depression America, and of one man's struggle, eventually lost, to go straight and throw off his criminal past. Henry Fonda is particularly effective and his defeat by a particularly cruel sequence of events mainly outside of his control is harrowing to watch.

This is definitely a film which deserves better recognition and it's rarity now - it's not been on TV for many years - is quite a scandal really.

I thoroughly enjoyed this - if you like 1930's drama you are in for a treat!
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4.0 out of 5 stars One Fritz Lang's best American movies 'you only live once' anticipates the great ..., 7 July 2014
This review is from: You Only Live Once 75th Anniversary [DVD] [1937] (DVD)
One Fritz Lang's best American movies 'you only live once' anticipates the great film noir classics of the forties. while the DVD is of good quality the Spanish bluray release (Solo se vive una vez) is of superior quality and can often be picked up at lower price from amazon.es. If you by from amazon.es themselves rather than a third party seller the uk postage is usually around 2 euros cheaper.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney, 8 Jun 2014
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Quite a good film actually. The script is good, and I believed in the characters.The audio interview with Fritz Lang is longer than the film itself.
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