Poetic Movie Review – The Best Years of Our Lives

I wish they would make

more like this

once in a while


without scorn

about universal things

that matter

I love this movie and I love this scene – it’s the penultimate moment before Dana Andrews walks among the bones of old bombers and confronts – in some sense – the demons of that war.

I’m not sure we should glorify the sacrifices that people make in war, but I do think we should honor them, especially in a righteous cause. This quiet scene encapsulates that idea with measured and moving grace – the pride in a father’s face, the catch in his throat as holds his emotions, and the compassion in his wife’s eyes, which convey paragraphs without a word – this is masterful movie making, in one of the great films.

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