The Huntsville Museum of Art continues its series of World War II films with a presentation of "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at 6 pm. The program will take place in the Chan Gallery of the museum. Admission to the museum is required, but members may attend the film screening at no additional charge.
Directed by William Wyler, "The Best Years of Our Lives" tells the stories of three World War II veterans as they return home after the war and try to pick up where they left off with their lives. Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy, and Virginia Mayo star, but real-life double amputee Harold Russell gives a particularly memorable performance as a young veteran who fears that his injuries will ruin his chances for marriage and a happy life with his childhood sweetheart. Russell not only won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor but also earned an honorary Oscar for inspiring other veterans through his work in the film. "The Best Years of Our Lives" won seven Academy Awards in 1947, including Best Picture, with an additional nomination for Best Sound.
The film presentation is part of a series of special events offered in conjunction with the current museum exhibit, Memories of WWII. The final film of the series, "The Rape of Europa" (2006), will be shown on Thursday, September 26. The exhibit ends on September 29, 2013. Visit the official website of the Huntsville Museum of Art for more information about the exhibit and other upcoming programs. The Huntsville Museum of Art is located at 300 Church Street in downtown Huntsville.
Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.