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today we live
- kevin sellers
I'm in agreement with the reviewers below who criticized this film's screenplay. In fact, I would hazard a guess that it's the worst movie writing ever penned by an American Nobel Prize winner. And it's not just the flat, rather dull dialogue. It's also the clunky story, from the "Oops, ah messed up the darn death notice!" to Joan Crawford deciding to fall in love with Gary Cooper 'cause she thought he looked cute on a bike. Also contributing to my disenchantment is the Hawksian theme of the nobility of war which seems misapplied, to say the least, for WW1, one of our species' stupider conflicts. (Cue Jeff, in full on jingo mode, to protest!) Give it a C. P.S. Would someone please explain to me how Hawks got Mommie Dearest, who was known to be just a leeetle bit anal retentive, to do the cockroach scene? (Probably told her Bette Davis wouldn't do it.)
Unbelievable story line
Love this group of actors and would have enjoyed the movie more if not for the mistaken report of Coopers death and the tangled web of lies his reappearance causes. Also the manly "Mine is bigger than yours " (demonstration of danger level of each other's military tasks between Cooper and Young) comes off as a little silly. Hard to believe that men from different military branches can blithely take take part in each other's assignments on a whim. But maybe everyone went around doing whatever they wanted to do during WW I.
- Tammie Blakeman
makes me crazy! While the storyline is interesting and I absolutely adore all the stars for their respective roles, the short 2-word sentences make it difficult for me to enjoy this movie. Honestly, the dialogue makes no sense half the time thereby making the movie have a rather ridiculous quality. Furthermore, due to the dialogue, the actors performances seem more like line reading than acting. These excellent stars could have made a very good movie if given material to work with. It's sad that this one issue has utterly ruined a perfectly fine film for me.
Faulkner written and acted
Great atmosphere, aerial footage, production values and cast. Actors deliver a very Faulkner script as best they can.
Waste of time
Contrived,stilted dialogue,wooden performances, a real slog. How this group of actors got involved in this turkey is beyond comprehension, directed by Howard Hawks no less. Cooper erroneous death report defies credulity.
- DANIEL CURZON
I had always wanted to see some early Joan Crawford, Now I have. "Today We Live" with Miss Crawford and Gary Cooper (1933) is interestingonly historically. Joan looks great in those shadows and the camp clothing. The so-called British accents are ludicrous, and the enomous "love" bewteen Cooper and Crawford in World War I England is a phantom of some glitch in the screenplay. They barely know each other, and yet the audience is expected to believe their love is woth any number of self-sacificing blind boyfriends (Robert Young, before he was a father who knew best) or accommodating brothers (Franchot Tone). The melodrama of pre-marital sex as a major barrier to the triumph of Cooper and Crawford's "love" is bearable only if we indulge the fatuous beliefs of times past. Time has not been good to this movie.
ROMANCE TANGLED WITH WAR
Nice collection of actors. Thankfully the handsome Gary Cooper's time in this movie is longer than it first appears to be. False information can lead to such heartbreak! Quite puzzled with the weird fascination with cockroaches!? Joan Crawford is her usual beautiful self - even amongst many, many raindrops and much bad news. Old war planes are rather peculiar sites from nose to tail.