Tainted Love: A Place in the Sun (1951)

Love

It’s the sort of scene that shows up in a lot of movies, particularly from classic Hollywood: Two people who have spent precious little time together — in fact, this seems to be their first real date after meeting at a party — declare their love for each other. This particular example, from George Stevens’s 1951 film A Place in the Sun, looks and sounds like a true grand passion, with intense close-ups and breathless voices and romantic music in the background. However, the situation is more complicated than it appears on the surface, and not just because George Eastman (Montgomery Clift), the man in this pair, isn’t exactly free to start a new relationship.

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