Film and Book Discussion: "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946)


Location: Browning Cinema GA, Debartolo Performing Arts Center

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One of the most poignant and lauded post-war films to come from Hollywood, The Best Years of Our Lives had a major impact both with popular audiences and critics alike. The post-war re-entry process follows three veterans who each suffer: Fred (Dana Andrews) is a war hero who cannot compete against skilled workers, Al (Fredric March) works as a bank officer who finds himself in trouble for favoring veterans when evaluating loans, and Homer (Harold Russell) who returns to his loving fiancée, but has difficulties adjusting to life having lost the use of his hands in the war. Present at the screening to discuss her new book will be Alison Macor '88, author of Making The Best Years of Our Lives: The Hollywood Classic that Inspired a Nation.