- Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (film)
name = Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
image_size = 175px
caption = original film poster
Sammy Faintitle song
Leon Shamroy, ASC
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
runtime = 102 min
imdb_id = 0048316|
"Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" is a
1955film. Set in 1949-50 Hong Kong, it tells the story of a married but separated American reporter (played by William Holden), who falls in love with a Eurasian doctor originally from Mainland China(played by Jennifer Jones), only to encounter prejudice from her family and from Hong Kong society.
The movie was adapted by
John Patrickfrom the 1952 novel " A Many-Splendoured Thing" by Han Suyin. The film was directed by Henry King.
Academy Awardsfor Best Costume Design, Color, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture and Best Music, Song (for Sammy Fainand Paul Francis Websterfor "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing"). It was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jennifer Jones), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color, Best Cinematography, Color, Best Picture and Best Sound, Recording.
Filming locations included
The movie later inspired a
television soap operawithout the hyphen in the show's title in 1967.
The sentimental and upbeat theme song, "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing" was one of the first songs written for a movie to become #1 in the charts during the same year. The song was recorded by
The Four Acesand also by Jerry Vale, and Frank Sinatra, among others.
Here's a sample of the song's lyrics:::"Love is nature's way of giving "::"a reason to be living,"::"The golden crown that makes a man a king."
During the film, some romantic meetings occur on a dramatically high grassy, windswept hill in
Hong Kong. That setting makes the song lyrics, which are easily heard during parts of the film, intensely romantic, as they are sung to the main theme of the song:
::"Once on a high and windy hill,"::"In the morning mist, Two lovers kissed,"::"And the world stood still."
The theme song, as recorded by The Four Aces, went to #1 on the charts for four weeks in 1955 (in the midst of the
rock-and-rollera) and won the Academy Award for Best Song.
* Song lyrics (of The Four Aces), webpage: [http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/the_four_aces/love_is_a_many_splendored_thing.html OldieLyrics-The_Four_Aces] .
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