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Tender memories disappointed,
This review is from: Carrie [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I have such tender memories of 'Carrie' from my first youth. I remember crying and being dejected and severely tested by the emotions of it all.
Not so now, though. I was so disappointed. To me William Wyler is among the five best directors ever, but 'Carrie' is not one of his shining hours. Jennifer Jones is the naïve peasant girl who, in the beginning of the 19th century, moves to big city Chicago, where she falls in love with a mature, and as it turns out very married restaurant owner, Laurence Olivier. He runs away with her and you watch them as they slide further and further down the social ladder. Until she makes up her mind to make a difference ...
God knows, the very poor state that this DVD transfer is in did not help any, but I am not sure that the film itself is worth any thorough restoration. It is all very soberly and decently made, and Olivier is nothing short of brilliant, but the film is too complacent, too satisfied to be the perfect movie for a ladies' night out to ultimately make an impression. It is just not very ambitious, and today it looks very old-fashioned.