directed by Henry King
USA 1955

 

Based on the memoirs of Han Suyin, this is the story of an Eurasian doctor's tragic love affair with an American correspondent. Although the love story is the central theme, the film also touches on the subjects of the Korean War, communism and race relations.

This film was the first of three in a new deal with Twentieth Century Fox. It was filmed on location in Hong Kong and was Jennifer's first film to be shot in the new wide screen technique called CinemaScope. It was a high quality production that utilized the local scenery to maximum benefit and the color photography by Leon Shamroy is breathtaking. The director was Henry King, one of Jennifer's favorites (he had directed her in The Song Of Bernadette).

Jennifer is radiantly beautiful in this film. Her makeup (by Ben Nye) was incredible and gave her the Oriental look that was perfect for her character. Her dresses were also lovely and the film won an Academy Award for Costume Design. The film received two more Academy Awards for Best Song (it was a huge hit, written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis) and Best Score.

Jennifer's acting was also praised and she received her fifth Academy Award nomination. Although she lost to Anna Magnani (for The Rose Tattoo), she did win a new award called the Audie. This award was voted on by movie goers across the country.

Interesting Tidbit - Although their chemistry onscreen was excellent, Holden and Jones reportedly did not get along well during the filming. Holden had a reputation for having affairs with his leading ladies. Jennifer supposedly chewed garlic cloves before their love scenes to deter him. Toward the end of filming, Holden presented her with a bouquet of white roses to try to make up to her, but she threw them in his face!

Excerpt from the Jennifer Jones Tribute Page located HERE

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Theatrical Release: August 18, 1955

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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Region 1 - NTSC

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:41:51 1:41:51
Video

2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.99 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.55:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.8 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio English (DD 2.0), DUB: French (DD 2.0)

English (DD 4.0), DUBS: French (DD 4.0), Spanish (mono)

Subtitles English, Spanish, none English, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (cropped)
• Photo Gallery
• Other Trailers
• DVD-5

DVD Release Date: March 7, 2000
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Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.55:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by Michael Lonzo, Sylvia Stoddard and John Burlingame
• A&E Biography:
• Theatrical Trailer (OAR)
• MovieTone News: Audience Awards Presentations
• MovieTone News: Photoplay Awards A Hollywood Highlight
• Restoration Comparison
• Other Trailers
• DVD-9

 

DVD Release Date: March 2, 2004
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Comments The original R1 Fox version is cropped to a degree, letterboxed and exhibits more print wear. The new replacement release seems to be the correct aspect ratio and is anamorphic but has in some scenes has a distinct blue cast and color fade.

 - Peter Mann

 

 

 





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