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Waterloo Bridge ; 1940  ·  Posted by Tallulah

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Actors: Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson, Virginia Field, Maria Ouspenskaya
Country: U.S.A.

I adore this movie so much. Not many films can make me cry, but Waterloo Bridge has succeeded in making me cry twice. I did enjoy watching the original version of this film, but this is the one that has a special place in my heart.

What surprised me was the transformation that Myra (Leigh) went through from the beginning towards the end. I guess it’s the makeup and clothes, but something about Myra looked cheap and gaudy when she was at the Waterloo Station looking for a prospective customer. I suppose the way Myra held herself and glanced around that made me realize what her job was, but even her physical appearance gave away her profession. I can’t point out what it is because the makeup is fine and her clothes are nice, but there’s just SOMETHING that is different. I can only point it to Vivien Leigh’s fine acting that pulls the point across and makes the pretty clothes and normal makeup look cheap. It’s just like Mae Clarke’s performance in the original: it’s just something that I can’t put my finger on that makes the audience know even though the action of their profession isn’t seen.

Robert Taylor was fantastic as Roy and I loved everyone else in this film. I have no complaints about this film and I wish that more people knew about it. And boy, Vivien Leigh is as gorgeous as ever.

IMDb Link: Waterloo Bridge
Where to buy: Amazon.com

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