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Forever Amber

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Otto Preminger
John M. Stahl (uncredited)
Produced by William Perlberg
Starring Linda Darnell
Cornel Wilde
Richard Greene
George Sanders
Music by David Raksin
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Release date(s) October 10, 1947 (U.S. release)
Running time 138 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)
IMDb profile

Forever Amber is a romance novel by Kathleen Winsor that was made into a film in 1947 by 20th Century Fox. It tells the story of orphaned Amber St. Clare, who makes her way through 17th century English society by sleeping with more and more important men. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 397 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (500 × 754 pixel, file size: 95 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is of a poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher or the creator of the work... Otto Ludwig Preminger (December 5, 1906 – April 23, 1986) was a film director. ... Linda Darnell Monetta Eloyse Darnell, better known as Linda Darnell (born October 16, 1923; died April 10, 1965), was a American film actress. ... Cornel Wilde Cornelius Louis Wilde (October 13, 1915 – October 16, 1989) was an American actor. ... Richard Marius Joseph Greene (25 August 1918 in Plymouth - 1 June 1985 in Norfolk) - some sources list his birthdate as 1914 - was a noted English movie and television actor. ... George Sanders (July 3, 1906 – April 25, 1972) was an English actor in British and American films. ... David Raksin (August 4, 1912 - August 9, 2004) was an American composer of music born in Philadelphia, PA. With over 100 film scores and 300 TV scores to his credit, he became known as the Grandfather of Film Music. ... Related articles FOX Television Network Fox Searchlight Pictures Fox Entertainment Group List of Hollywood movie studios List of movies Variant of current 20th Century Fox logo External links 20th Century Fox Movies official site Twentieth Century Fox is also the punning title of a song by The Doors on their... is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... A romance novel is a literary genre developed in Western culture, mainly in English-speaking countries. ... Kathleen Winsor (October 16, 1919 - May 26, 2003) was an American author, best known for the romance novel Forever Amber. ... The year 1947 in film involved some significant events. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...

Contents

Novel

The fifth draft of Kathleen Winsor's first manuscript was accepted for publication. The publishers promptly edited the book down to one-fifth of its original size. The resulting novel, Forever Amber, was 972 pages long.[1] The saga frolicked through Restoration England and vivid images of fashion, politics, bedrooms and public disasters of the time, including the plague and the Great Fire of London. Kathleen Winsor (October 16, 1919 - May 26, 2003) was an American author, best known for the romance novel Forever Amber. ... Detail of painting from 1666 of the Great Fire of London by an unknown artist, depicting the fire as it would have appeared on the evening of Tuesday, 4 September from a boat in the vicinity of Tower Wharf. ...


While many reviewers "praised the story for its relevance, comparing Amber's fortitude during the plague and fire to that of the women who held hearth and home together through the blitzes of World War II", others condemned it for its blatant sexual references.[2]> Fourteen U.S. states banned the book as pornography. The first was Massachusetts, whose attorney general cited 70 references to sexual intercourse, 39 illegitimate pregnancies, 7 abortions, and "10 descriptions of women undressing in front of men" as reasons for banning the novel.[1] Winsor denied that her book was particularly daring, and said that she had no interest in explicit scenes. "I wrote only two sexy passages," she remarked, "and my publishers took both of them out. They put in ellipses instead. In those days, you know, you could solve everything with an ellipse."[1] Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Porn redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... The Massachusetts Attorney General is an executive officer of the Massachusetts Government. ...


Despite its banning, Forever Amber was the best selling US novel of the 1940s. It sold over 100,000 copies in its first week of release, and went on to sell over three million copies.[1]


The book was roundly condemned by Roman Catholic "decency" watchdogs, which helped to make it popular. One critic went so far as to number each of the passages to which he objected. The film was finally completed after substantial changes to the script were made, toning down some of the book's most objectionable passages in order to appease Catholic media critics. This book took place during the Bubonic Plague, one of the reasons for the collapse of the feudal system.


Film

The Hays Office condemned the work, but within a month of its publication the movie rights had been purchased by Twentieth Century Fox.[2] The film, directed by Otto Preminger and starring Linda Darnell and Cornell Wilde, was released 1947.[1] It also starred Richard Greene, George Sanders, Glenn Langan, Richard Haydn, Dolores Hart, and Jessica Tandy. It was adapted by Jerome Cady, Philip Dunne and Ring Lardner Jr., and directed by Otto Preminger and John M. Stahl. The Production Code (also known as the Hays Code) was a set of guidelines governing the production of motion pictures. ... Related articles FOX Television Network Fox Searchlight Pictures Fox Entertainment Group List of Hollywood movie studios List of movies Variant of current 20th Century Fox logo External links 20th Century Fox Movies official site Twentieth Century Fox is also the punning title of a song by The Doors on their... Otto Ludwig Preminger (December 5, 1906 – April 23, 1986) was a film director. ... Linda Darnell Monetta Eloyse Darnell, better known as Linda Darnell (born October 16, 1923; died April 10, 1965), was a American film actress. ... Cornel Wilde Cornelius Louis Wilde (October 13, 1912 – October 16, 1989) was an American actor. ... Richard Marius Joseph Greene (25 August 1918 in Plymouth - 1 June 1985 in Norfolk) - some sources list his birthdate as 1914 - was a noted English movie and television actor. ... George Sanders (July 3, 1906 – April 25, 1972) was an English actor in British and American films. ... Richard Haydn (1905-1985) was a comic actor in radio, movies and TV. He was known for playing eccentric characters, emphasized by a deliberate over-nasalized and over-enunciated speech pattern. ... Dolores Hart & Elvis Presley Dolores Hart (born Dolores Hicks on October 20, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American Roman Catholic nun and former actress. ... Jessie Alice Tandy (June 7, 1909 – September 11, 1994) was a noted Academy Award-winning English/American theatre, film and TV actress. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Philip Dunne (February 11, 1908 – June 2, 1992) was a Hollywood screenwriter, film director, and producer, who worked prolifically from 1932 until 1965. ... Ringgold W. Lardner Jr. ... Otto Ludwig Preminger (December 5, 1906 – April 23, 1986) was a film director. ... John Malcolm Stahl (January 21, 1886 – January 12, 1950) was an American film director and producer. ...


The movie was nominated for the Academy Award for Original Music Score. The Academy Award for Original Music Score is presented to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ...


Trivia

  • In a Tweety Bird cartoon, a nurse maid is shown reading the novel and frequently gasping in shock (but never putting the book down).
  • Debs Meyer began his review of the novel in YANK, the U.S. Army newspaper: “Forever Amber is the story of a girl laid in the 18th century.”[3]

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External links

  • Guardian Unlimited book review of Forever Amber by Elaine Showalter, August 2002.
  • imdb - Forever Amber

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e Guttridge, Peter (May 29, 2003), "Obituary: Kathleen Winsor: Author of the racy bestseller 'Forever Amber'", The Independent (London, England): 20
  2. ^ a b Bernstein, Adam (June 1, 2003), "Kathleen Winsor, 83, 'Forever Amber' author", The Seattle Times: A29
  3. ^ Rooney, Andy, My War, Public Affairs, 2002, p. 73.
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