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  • Actors: Laurence Olivier, Jennifer Jones, Miriam Hopkins, Eddie Albert, Basil Ruysdael
  • Directors: William Wyler
  • Producers: William Wyler
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Mar. 2005
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NDTAOK

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Classic drama starring Laurence Olivier. Carrie (Jennifer Jones) is a poor farm girl who follows her dreams to Chicago in the 1890s, only to find a world of gruelling, low-paid factory work. Determined to improve her lot, she attaches herself to a more successful man, until she meets the suave, elegant - and married - Hurstwood (Olivier). Helping her rob her husband's restaurant business, Hurstwood and Carrie escape to New York. But the consequences of their crime will soon overtake them, shattering their lives forever.

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This surely is William Wyler's finest film and Hurstwood provides Laurence Olivier with one of his truly great film roles. Oddly, the film was a commercial failure when it came out in 1951. Apparently the public did not want to watch such realistic tragedy so soon after WW2. I found Hurstwood's decline from debonair 'maître d'hôtel' to a homeless tramp through his obsessive love for Carrie (Jennifer Jones excellent) truly moving. Olivier has completely mastered the art of understatement and the use of minute expression necessary for film acting. The black and white filming is perfectly suited to the subject and atmospheric. The DVD restitution is first-rate. I would also strongly recommend 'the book of the film': "Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser, a masterpiece of the American Social Realism school.
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Mr. Harris is perfectly correct when he writes that this film provides Olivier with one of his finest acting roles. The movie is unique for the subtle way the disintegration of George Hurstwood is illustrated, aurally & visually. When he receives a visit from Mr. Allen of the Western Bonding Co., a waiter passes with a room-service trolley; during which he mutters: "Good afternoon, sir" & Hurstwood watches as symbolically, the world of luxury draws away from him. The sequence is also helped by the plaintive bassoon music.
Another notable moment occurs when George, having obtained the "dishwasher" workslip, pauses as a train passes by overhead. Notice how the noise underlines his descent into misery. Also, as he moves into a rougher neighbourhood, the streets become noisier, & voices more raucous & harsh.
After George returns to Chicago after a "non-meeting" with his son, the fact that Carrie has left is underlined by the way the flat "sounds" empty.
What of the visual representation? While at Fitzgerald`s George looks very elegant. Then, as head-waiter he is smart, but not so spruce. Later, he does not wear a collar & begins to neglect shaving, until finally we see his complete degeneration in the doss-house.
One strange aspect of his character is shown when he has three opportunities to improve his situation: one, with the proposed financial settlement-however,as this would have meant he & Carrie continuing to "live in sin" & given the social atmosphere of the early 1900`s this would not have been fair on the girl- secondly, when he goes to visit his son, but turns away, and finally when Carrie offers help; instead he refuses & the picture comes to its tragic conclusion. The actors play their roles wonderfully, although Miriam Hopkins is inclined to overdo the "hard lady" act. Altogether a great film, wonderfully directed by William Wyler. Certainly it has an interesting parallel with "Camille", referred to in the movie.

John Harman
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Yes, I saw this film many years ago but could only remember parts of it. One of those parts was the end, I had added some scenes of my own over time, but it didn't disappoint. Well worth seeing again, I'm glad I had the opportunity to go back in time. The DVD itself was advertised as used but appeared to be as new and unopened, there was no problems with either picture or sound.
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Absolutely wonderful film, much sought after and delighted to find a copy on Amazon at a really competitive price.
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