Cinema: Winter of '42

Directed by John Schlesinger Screenplay by Colin Welland and Walter Bernstein

The surest way to enjoy Yanks is to come to it with precisely the right expectations. This film is so lavish, so long (2 hr. 20 min.) and so overstuffed with talent that one at first expects an epic of Homeric proportions. As it gradually turns out, Director John Schlesinger has a trifle up his sleeve, not a bombshell: Yanks is nothing more and nothing less than an extravagant soap opera about star-crossed lovers on the British home front during World War II....

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