Lydia

  • 1941
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Romance

A romantic drama that owes much to the French UN CARNET DE BAL, which was directed by the same man who did this one. Oberon is the granddaughter of wealthy Oliver, a matriarch of an old New England family. Oberon dearly loves Marshall and spends one idyllic weekend with him at her family's estate on a small island off the coast of Maine. Afterwards, he...read more

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A romantic drama that owes much to the French UN CARNET DE BAL, which was directed by the same man who did this one. Oberon is the granddaughter of wealthy Oliver, a matriarch of an old New England family. Oberon dearly loves Marshall and spends one idyllic weekend with him at her

family's estate on a small island off the coast of Maine. Afterwards, he tells her that he has to go off briefly to take care of another romantic liaison but he will be back to claim her for life. He doesn't return, and she spends the rest of her life, a period of 40 years, thinking about him (in

much the same way Mrs. Havisham did in Great Expectations). She's had a chance to choose from one of three other suitors; Reeves, a drunken boor of a football player; Yaray, who is a blind musician; or Cotten, a doctor who is the son of Oberon's family's butler. Cotten stays by her side too long

and is eventually tossed aside by Oberon who lives in the hope that Marshall will return. In the ensuing years, Oberon becomes a benefactress of various charitable organizations, most notably homes for the blind. The decades go by and they all get old. Oberon and Cotten meet and he arranges for a

party of all her old beaus. Reeves arrives, fat and boozy; Yaray is there, now white-haired and so thin he's almost transparent, and, of course, Cotten. Then a surprise guest walks in. It's Marshall, whitemaned and bearded, but still handsome. He is introduced to Oberon and doesn't know who she

is, almost crushing Oberon in the process. Oberon walks out on the terrace and Cotten, ever faithful like a pooch, tells her that he would know her anywhere, even after all these years. Oberon finally gives up the ghost, realizes that she's been living in a fool's dream, and takes Cotten's hand,

now knowing that his love has lasted for a lifetime and she can accept it. It's nice to think that these two people have found each other at last, but the overall feeling is "what a waste their lives have been." Perhaps that's the point Hecht and Hoffenstein wanted to make in their adaptation of

the story--take life while you can. The film earned an Oscar nomination for Best Score.

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