The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)- Wyler directs Frederic March, Dana Andrews, Harold Russell and Hoagy Carmichael in Deep Focus!

A  TCM perennial–William Wyler directed masterpiece The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) shot by great cinematographer Gregg Toland -famous for use of “Deep Focus” in Citizen Kane (1941) and The Grapes of Wrath (1940)… Catch an example here in the sequence where Frederic March (Al Stephenson) asks Dana Andrews (Fred Derry) to call his daughter Peggy during a dual close up at a table in Butch’s place. Then Fred goes to a phone booth and Al runs into Harold Russell (Homer) and Hoagy Carmichael (Uncle Butch) extreme screen right who are unaware of the issue between Al and Fred but sense something is wrong when they see Fred making the call extreme screen left. Very powerful sequence where Toland’s deep focus camera set up and Wyler’s framing enhances the dramatic impact.

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