Carve Her Name with Pride

Carve Her Name with Pride

Director: Lewis Gilbert, Virginia McKenna, Paul Scofield, Jack Warner

Cast: Lewis Gilbert, Virginia McKenna, Paul Scofield, Jack Warner

     
 

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Lewis Gilbert's Carve Her Name With Pride (1958) never even made it to VHS tape in the United States, so this DVD issue is welcome, even if it comes with no frills. The black-and-white image is mastered with reasonable sharpness and contrast in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.66-to-1, the standard non-anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio. The audio is mastered

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Lewis Gilbert's Carve Her Name With Pride (1958) never even made it to VHS tape in the United States, so this DVD issue is welcome, even if it comes with no frills. The black-and-white image is mastered with reasonable sharpness and contrast in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.66-to-1, the standard non-anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio. The audio is mastered cleanly as well, but at a very low volume level, which has to be boosted a fair amount for proper viewing. There are no bonus features, but the movie has been broken down well, in terms of having over two-dozen well-selected chapters. And it opens automatically to an easy-to-use menu.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Adapted from R. J. Minney's book of the same name, Carve Her Name With Pride is a suitably low-key, very serious retelling of a true story from World War II. It's also a bit on the low-budget side, which is as it should be, as it is really an actor's movie, in this case carried almost entirely by Virginia McKenna with some help from Jack Warner and Paul Scofield. Given the tragic nature of the outcome, it's difficult for the movie to ignore a certain dourness in tone, but within those limits, the film is an engaging character study by the actress, who brings some of the complexities to Szabo's situation -- working on behalf of the government, and unable to tell anyone, including her own family -- to vivid life. The flat, black-and-white film gives some of the scenes the appearance of documentary-style verisimilitude. For fans of director Lewis Gilbert's output, this movie is closer in spirit to his The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954), Reach For The Sky (1956) or Sink The Bismarck (1960) (the latter two also based on true stories from World War II) than to his better-known, much flashier work on You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and Moonraker (1979).

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2008
UPC:
0883904106395
Original Release:
1958
Rating:
NR
Source:
United Artists
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:59:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Virginia McKenna Violette Szabo
Paul Scofield Tony Fraser
Jack Warner Mr. Bushell
Denise Grey Mrs. Bushell
Alain Saury Etienne Szabo
Maurice Ronet Jacques
Anne Leon Lillian Rolfe
Sydney Tafler Potter
Avice Landone Vera Atkins
Nicole Stephane Denise Bloch
Noel Willman Interrogator
Bill Owen N.C.O. Instructor
Billie Whitelaw Winnie
William Mervyn Col. Buckmaster
Harold Lang Commandant Suhren
Michael Goodliffe Coding Expert
Andre Maranne Garage Man
Michael Caine Extra

Technical Credits
Lewis Gilbert Director,Screenwriter
William Alwyn Score Composer
Daniel M. Angel Producer
Lionel Banes Special Effects
Phyllis Dalton Costumes/Costume Designer
Vernon Gilbert Harris Screenwriter
Bob Lawrence Makeup
Gordon K. McCallum Sound/Sound Designer
Bernard Robinson Art Director
John Shirley Editor
C.C. Stevens Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Warrington Special Effects
John Wilcox Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Carve Her Name with Pride
1. July 1940 / Main Titles [4:11]
2. One Lonely Frenchman [5:27]
3. What are We Arguing About? [4:23]
4. Love Poem [4:12]
5. The Telegram [2:14]
6. A Nice Job [7:13]
7. In Training [3:51]
8. A Knockout [3:34]
9. Beginner's Luck [3:54]
10. No More Questions [3:26]
11. Afraid of Being Afraid [2:45]
12. A Rather Strange Chap [2:55]
13. Bon Voyage [4:54]
14. Behind Enemy Lines [5:44]
15. Speaking in Code [5:50]
16. Paris! [4:03]
17. It's Lovely to Be Home [3:55]
18. A Comforting Thought [2:36]
19. Au Revoir [6:19]
20. D-Day Plus One [4:23]
21. Running for Their Lives [5:49]
22. A Good Fight [4:36]
23. I'll Tell You Nothing [4:49]
24. The Words of the Poem [2:42]
25. Together Again [4:32]
26. New Places, New Faces [3:27]
27. By Order of the Fuhrer [3:54]
28. For Mummy / End Titles [3:14]

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