Cinema: The New Pictures, Aug. 10, 1953

From Here to Eternity (Columbia). Making novels into movies—turning the rambling equations of a story into the compact formula of drama—is a task perhaps fitter for some electronic calculating monster than for any human talent. That may explain why Hollywood, whose talent is all too human, has never developed a sure touch in these translations. Columbia's success in bringing James Jones's bestselling novel to the screen may be due partly to the fact that it was hardly a novel at all; it was an obscene, extravagant blot of ink, pressed between covers into...

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