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January 28, 2020

Fascinating Photos of the 1953 Film ‘From Here to Eternity’

From Here to Eternity is a 1953 romantic drama film based on the novel of the same name by James Jones. It was directed by Fred Zinnemann, written by Daniel Taradash and starred Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed. The film proved to be an immediate hit with both the critics and public from the rave reviews it received upon its release; it became one of the top-grossing films of that year. Despite such critical acclaims, the Army was displeased with its depiction in the finished production; the film was also banned by the Navy for being a “discredit to the armed services.”

The film featured the now classic scene of Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr passionately kissing on the beach, which was deemed “too erotic” by the MPAA at the time. At the 26th Academy Awards, From Here to Eternity won 8 Oscars out of 13 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra), Best Supporting Actress (Donna Reed), Best Director, Best Writing, Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Film Editing and Best Sound, Recording.

Here are 37 behind-the-scenes and stills of the film:

Burt Lancaster as Sergeant Milton Warden in the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo via John Kobal Foundation.

Montgomery Clift in a publicity portrait for the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Columbia Pictures.

Frank Sinatra as Private Angelo Maggio in a publicity portrait for the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Silver Screen Collection.

Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster get a little closer in a scene from the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Alfonso Avincola/Mondadori.

Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed standing by a railing while cameraman Kit Carson rolls film on the set of 'From Here To Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Columbia Pictures.
Montgomery Clift and Donna Reed dicussing, sitting down on a sofa, in 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Mondadori.

Montgomery Clift talks to Frank Sinatra watches in a scene from the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Columbia Pictures.

Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster and Frank Sinatra on the set of 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Mondadori.

Frank Sinatra and Montgomery Clift in a scene from the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo via John Kobal Foundation.

Frank Sinatra as Private Angelo Maggio in the 1953 film 'From Here to Eternity.' Photo by John Springer Collection/Corbis.

Frank Sinatra smoking a pipe on the set of 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Bob Willoughby.

Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra talk in a still from the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Columbia Tristar.

Montgomery Clift looking up as Burt Lancaster carries fellow fallen man in a scene from the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Columbia Pictures.

Deborah Kerr in a publicity still for the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Donaldson Collection.

Burt Lancaster putting his hands on the shoulders of Deborah Kerr in a publicity portrait issued for the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Silver Screen Collection.

Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in a scene from 'From Here to Eternity,' Halona Cove, Oahu, Hawaii, 1953. Photo by Columbia Pictures.

Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr get passionate on a beach in the classic love scene from the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo via John Kobal Foundation.

Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr kiss on the beach in a scene from the film 'From Here to Eternity', 1953. Photo by Columbia Pictures.

Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr lying together on the beach in a scene from the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Mondadori.

Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr passionately kissing in a scene from 'From Here to Eternity,' Halona Cove, Oahu, Hawaii, 1953. Photo by Columbia Pictures.

Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster lay on the beach in a still from the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Columbia Tristar.

Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in their famous surfside kiss in 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by John Springer Collection/Corbis.

Dialogue director Jus Addiss and Deborah Kerr go over the next scene of the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Columbia Pictures.

Donna Reed in 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Mondadori.

Burt Lancaster as 1st Sergeant Milton Warden on the set of the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Silver Screen Collection.

Montgomery Clift holds a shovel in a scene from the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Columbia Pictures.

Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in a publicity portrait for the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Silver Screen Collection.

Burt Lancaster embraced by Deborah Kerr in publicity portrait for the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Columbia Pictures.

Montgomery Clift plays the trumpet in a bar during a scene from the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by George Rinhart/Corbis.

Montgomery Clift plays the trumpet while Frank Sinatra watches in a scene from the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Columbia Pictures.

Fred Zinnemann directing Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra on the set of the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by John Springer Collection/Corbis.

Montgomery Clift, Donna Reed and Frank Sinatra in a scene from the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by ullstein bild.

Technical advisor Mushy Callahan, Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and director Fred Zinnemann speak between scenes on the set of 'From Here To Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Hulton Archive.

Montgomery Clift sits on a pool table in a scene from the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Columbia Pictures.

Montgomery Clift during a fight scene in the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by George Rinhart/Corbis.

Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr stand on a beach surrounded by crew members on the set of the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Columbia Tristar.

Ernest Borgnine deals with Burt Lancaster under the eyes of Frank Sinatra, Robert J. Wilke and Mickey Shaughnessy in a scene from the film 'From Here to Eternity,' 1953. Photo by Mondadori.




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