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.