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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 7, No. 4 June 7, 1944

Forever and a Day

Forever and a Day

"A house is more than bricks and mortar—it is the people who live in it." This statement by one of the Trimbles is the theme of Hollywood's contribution to Anglo-American relations. The film deals with the Trimble family who lived in a London house since it was built nearly one hundred and fifty years ago.

Despite 78 stars, 21 writers and 7 directors, the picture displays a unity of treatment and theme in striking contrast to "Tales of Manhattan."

But why does a producer, like Renée Clair allow a slapstick plumber's mate to galumph his way across the screen, as out of place as mustard in a coal scuttle. There is clever directing too—the staircase keeping its form but-changing its character with the years, the distracted father of the newly dead airman carrying flowers in a vase unaware of what he is doing. There has been a careful attention to detail and a regard for dramatic effect. The audience is made to feel the servant girl's frustration at not glimpsing more than a fleeting look at the Jubilee procession by not seeing it either.

Yet in spite of the unity of treatment, there is not enough dramatic effect in the theme to make the little man get out of his seat to clap.

The Health Subcommittee is now able to announce that this term all students will be able to avail themselves of the free medical exam, including, when necessary, x-ray tests.