Since You Went Away
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Since You Went Away
David O. Selznick's first production since 1940's Rebecca, Since You Went Away, based on Margaret Buell Wilder's bestselling novel, is a long but rewarding paean to the World War 2 "home front". Claudette Colbert plays the wife of a businessman who, though well past draft age, volunteered to serve his country as an officer (though the husband is never seen, he is "played"-via a photograph-by Neil Hamilton). Fighting back her own fears and anxieties, Colbert does her best to maintain a normal, stable household for the sake of her growing daughters Jennifer Jones… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Colbert is too good, and the script (though bloated) too full of lovely details about small town American life in the '40s to reject it outright."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"I cherished the film's three-hour running time because it gave me time to get to know these people, even love them a little."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"In a vital period of film history, war films ran the gamut of topics, none more fascinating or heart-wrenching as those of the lives of the people left behind at home."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Beautifully made wartime drama with stellar cast."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Selznick's schmaltzy tale of the heroic behavior of one "typical" American family during WWII boasts noble political values, but it's devoid of many artistic merits."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"World War II propaganda homefront schmaltz"
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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