We Live Again

We Live Again

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Director: Rouben Mamoulian

Cast: Anna Sten, Fredric March, Jane Baxter

     
 

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We Live Again was based on Tolstoy's Resurrection; the title was changed upon producer Sam Goldwyn's theory that it meant the same thing as Resurrection and was easier to understand. The film was meant as an introductory showcase for Goldwyn's latest discovery, Russian actress Anna Sten. The story, much laundered from the Tolstoy original, depictsSee more details below

Overview

We Live Again was based on Tolstoy's Resurrection; the title was changed upon producer Sam Goldwyn's theory that it meant the same thing as Resurrection and was easier to understand. The film was meant as an introductory showcase for Goldwyn's latest discovery, Russian actress Anna Sten. The story, much laundered from the Tolstoy original, depicts the downfall of a peasant girl who is seduced by a Russian prince (Fredric March). The once-callous nobleman tries to make amends for the hurt he has inflicted on the girl, who has wound up in prison for solicitation. The first American version of Resurrection, directed by D. W. Griffith, was made in 1909 and lasted ten minutes.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The name Anna Sten was something of a Hollywood in-joke for many years, as the Russian actress was given an enormous buildup by Sam Goldwyn, only to bomb in a very visible way. We Live Again was one of her very public flops, and her unfortunate reputation has tarnished that of the film over the years. In truth, both the film and the actress deserve better. We Live Again is certainly not a great adaptation of the classic Tolstoy novel, but as a piece of cinema, it works reasonably well. The story has been greatly condensed and bowdlerized, of course, and is told in strokes that are much too broad. But it's been given a sumptuous production, and while director Rouben Mamoulian is clearly off his form here, he still manages some impressive sequences (such as the lengthy Easter service and the segments involving the czar's ballerinas). Mamoulian may also be the victim of studio interference, as the choppy and awkward editing suggests that his vision did not make it to the screen intact. Sten acquits herself quite well. If she's not the Garbo that Goldwyn desperately wanted, she's also not the horror many have made her out to be. Though prone to overacting, she's also capable of holding things relatively in check, and she does have a definite "look." Fredric March tries hard and has some effective moments, but he's a little on the dull side. Overall, We Live Again is a fairly engrossing costume piece.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/08/2005
UPC:
0027616886576
Original Release:
1934
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:21:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anna Sten Katusha Maslova
Fredric March Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov
Jane Baxter Missy Kortchagin
C. Aubrey Smith Prince Kortchagin
Ethel Griffies Aunt Marie
Sam Jaffe Gregory Simonson
Gwendolen Logan Aunt Sophia
Jessie Ralph Matrona Pavlovna
Cecil Cunningham Theodosia
Jessie Arnold Korablova
Fritzi Ridgeway The Redhead
Morgan Wallace The Colonel
Davison Clark Tikhon
Leonid Kinskey Simon Kartinkin
Dale Fuller Yaphemia Batchkova
Michael Visaroff Judge
Edgar Norton Judge
Richard Alexander Actor
Stanley Blystone Actor
Gilbert Clayton Actor
Harry Cording Actor
Gordon de Main Actor
Budd Fine Actor
Mary Forbes Mrs. Kortchagin
Edward Gargan Actor
Roger Gray Actor
Halliwell Hobbes Actor
Newton House Aunt's Footman
John Ince Actor
Jack Kenney Actor
Crauford Kent Lt. Schonbock
Theodore Lorch Actor
James Marcus Actor
Edwin Mordant Actor
Harry Myers Actor
Anders VanHaden Actor
Tom Wilson Actor
Baron Hesse Kortchagin's Butler
George Burr MacAnnan Actor
Agnes Steele Actor

Technical Credits
Rouben Mamoulian Director
Maxwell Anderson Screenwriter
Richard Day Art Director
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Omar Kiam Costumes/Costume Designer
Otho Lovering Editor
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Leonard Praskins Screenwriter
Preston Sturges Screenwriter
Gregg Toland Cinematographer
Thornton Wilder Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Their Highness [8:13]
2. His Social Study [3:03]
3. Sweet Sorrow [2:50]
4. The Good Soldier [3:40]
5. Up in Flames [1:49]
6. Holy Day [6:16]
7. One Night Only [8:34]
8. What He Left Her [2:38]
9. No Stopping Him [3:55]
10. Gift to the Earth [1:17]
11. Time Takes a Toll [7:08]
12. Trial and Error [3:27]
13. "Land and Freedom" [3:55]
14. The Past Behind Them [5:55]
15. Idealist [9:01]
16. A Proposal [2:02]
17. Ties That Bind [1:33]
18. To Sibera [2:10]
19. A Good Deed [:35]
20. The Innocents/End Credits [4:05]

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