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A black and white, and sometimes Technicolor, summer

By Elizabeth Reid

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, July 24 2014 1:30 p.m. MDT

Nominated for two Oscars, this Technicolor movie stars Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck and Joseph Cotten. As a family-viewing warning, while this movie doesn’t actually portray rape or murder, the two are suggested. Just over two hours long, this 1946 dramatic Western can be seen on TCM Aug. 29 at 7:45 p.m. MDT. It can also be viewed using Netflix DVD.

'Pinky'

When Pinky returns to her Southern home, she admits to her grandmother that she has been passing herself off as Caucasian. The grandmother tries to talk her into staying home and embracing her heritage; but Pinky has endured enough of the neighborhood racial harassment. She soon finds herself staying in town longer than intended and realizes that home might not be such a bad place after all.

This 1949 black and white movie stars three very talented women who were all nominated for Oscars: Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore and Ethel Waters. “Pinky” can be watched with the entire family, although young children might not understand race relations of the middle 20th century. This movie can be seen on Netflix DVD and iTunes.

'Raintree County'

It seems inevitable that John and Nell, two high school sweethearts, will eventually marry. But when Susanna, a rich Southern belle, visits town, things quickly change. John soon forgets his faithful girlfriend and embarks on a summer fling with Susanna. When she reveals her pregnancy, John marries her out of duty. Soon though, he realizes that Susanna is mentally imbalanced. The Civil War brings more chaos and then Susanna makes a decision that will forever change the lives of those she loves.

Nominated for four Oscars, this Technicolor 1957 movie is over three hours long and stars Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and Eva Marie Saint. It will be shown Oct. 17 at 9:45 a.m. MDT. It can also be viewed through Netflix DVD.

'War and Peace'

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union decided to finance its own version of Tolstoy’s classic work, “War and Peace.” The film took several years to make and cost a reported $100 million. With a cast of more than 100,000, its creators insisted on exact replicas of Napoleon’s battles and authentic uniforms. The end result was an epic film that has yet to be matched.

This movie stars Lyudmila Savelyeva, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Victor Stanitsyn and Oleg Tabakov. At over six hours long, unless viewers are familiar with Russian, it will need to be watched with either English dubbing or subtitles. This 1966 Oscar-winning movie is hands down the best rendition of Tolstoy’s novel that can be found. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to locate and is best viewed after buying the DVD collection. Just make sure to purchase the correct DVD region format.

Elizabeth Reid has bachelor's degrees in economics and history. She has worked in retail, medical billing, catering, education and business fields. Her favorite occupation is that of wife and mother. She can be reached at lizreid@gmail.com.

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