Forever Amber
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They said it couldn't be done, but they did it: Kathleen Winsor's "notorious", bestselling bodice-ripper Forever Amber actually made it to the screen in 1947 with full censorial approval. Of course, it was necessary to tone down the more erotic passages of Winsor's novel, but the end result pleased fans of the book and bluenosed nonfans alike. A last-minute replacement for British import Peggy Cummins, Linda Darnell steps into the role of 17th century blonde bed-hopper Amber as though she'd been born to play it. Feeling suppressed by her Puritan upbringing, Amber… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 14%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Here is a $4 million (and claimed to be more) picture that looks its cost."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's a lush Fox production, photographed in Technicolor by the great Leon Shamroy and directed by a wholly uninterested Otto Preminger."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"While the production was surprisingly lavish (the budget was something around $6.5 million), the film suffers from its inability to detail the eroticism of the story due to 1940s censorship."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film runs for two hours and twenty minutes, which is just about an hour too long considering its repetitious nature and the fact that it is pretty trashy stuff."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Preminger's lavish production of the erotic historical novel is artistically one of his weakest films, but also one of his biggest commercial hits."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Preminger's direction lacks the sophisticated lightness of touch that Mitchell Leisen brought to the in some ways similar Kitty."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Disappointing adaptation of Kathleen Winsor's lurid best-seller novel."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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