An American Romance
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An American Romance
Director King Vidor intended An American Romance as the third entry in his "War, Wheat and Steel" trilogy (the War had been covered in The Big Parade, while Wheat was dispensed with in Our Daily Bread). Two years in production, the film cost nearly $3 million-little of which actually shows up on screen due to heavy post-production editing and rearranging of scenes. Brian Donlevy stars as immigrant laborer Steve Dangon, who becomes convinced early on that the only way he'll get anywhere in life is to accumulate huge sums of money. He takes a job in a midwestern steel mill,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mr. Vidor made a great big color picture with an abundance of vivid American scenes but with a story so banal and tedious that the whole film seems one massive platitude."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"King Vidor's story, coupled with his forthright direction and the excellent acting, are assets that add up to a winning total."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"No other American director ever matched Vidor's sense of personal struggle, or the muscular poetry he found to express it."
‑ , Time Out
"It takes a while to get going, but is an exemplary piece of film-making nevertheless."
‑ , Film4
"Even as the drama disintegrates, Vidor's skill in presenting the rhythms of collective action (here, the work of the mills and factories) raises the documentary sections of the film to the level of his best work."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Virtuoso performance by Donlevy from young immigrant to old industrialist keeps this overlong saga moving."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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