Act Of Love

  • 1953
  • 1 HR 48 MIN
  • NR
  • Drama

In flashback while lounging on the Riviera, Douglas thinks back to the liberation of Paris in 1944 and meeting a lonely girl, Robin. She is destitute and without papers; Douglas helps her, pretending to be married to her. Police list her as a prostitute when she fails to offer identification. Douglas desperately tries to marry the girl, but his hard-headed...read more

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In flashback while lounging on the Riviera, Douglas thinks back to the liberation of Paris in 1944 and meeting a lonely girl, Robin. She is destitute and without papers; Douglas helps her, pretending to be married to her. Police list her as a prostitute when she fails to offer

identification. Douglas desperately tries to marry the girl, but his hard-headed CO, Mathews, refuses permission, patronizingly explaining that European girls are all alike, deceitful and manipulating, wanting only to escape the poverty of war-torn Europe and migrate to America by using GIs to

obtain US citizenship. Robin, stigmatized and ostracized, goes to the Seine River where she ends her life. Anatole Litvak's production is heavy-handed, morose, and often depressing in that peculiar sort of filmmaking born at UFA studios where all was shadow and much was murk. Yet it is a stylistic

production that somehow truly captures that melancholy time when the world wound down from war. Litvak arbitrarily changed the locale of the popular Alfred Hayes novel from Rome to Paris and was unhappy about the finished film, remarking that "It didn't work out as well as I thought it would."

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