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Hold Back the Dawn

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Genres: Drama, Romance
Starring: Charles Boyer, Olivia de Havilland, Paulette Goddard
Director: Mitchell Leisen
Plot Synopsis:

From one of the most underrated directors of Hollywood’s golden era, Mitchell Leisen (Remember the Night), comes the heart-rending romantic drama Hold Back the Dawn...

Charles Boyer (Gaslight) gives an enthralling performance as Georges Iscovescu, a Romanian-born gigolo who arrives at a Mexican border town seeking entry to the US. Faced with a waiting period of eight years, George is encouraged by his former dancing partner Anita (Pauline Goddard, Modern Times) to marry an American girl and desert her once safely across the border. He successfully targets visiting school teacher Emmy Brown (Olivia de Havilland, Gone with the Wind), but his plan is compromised by a pursuing immigration officer, and blossoming feelings of genuine love for Emmy.

A moving and thoughtful film with a wonderful script (co-written by Billy Wilder), Hold back the Dawn benefits from evocative performances by Boyer and de Havilland, and an over-arching sense of romantic melancholy. An enduring classic of its era, Leisen’s film was nominated for no-less than six Academy Awards and is presented here in High Definition for the first time.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: July 16th, 2019
    Movie Release Year: 1941
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Arrow Academy
  • Technical Specs
    Length:116 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.37:1
    Audio Formats:English: PCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English SDH
    Special Features:• New audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin• Love Knows No Borders, a newly filmed video appreciation by film critic Geoff Andrew• The Guardian Lecture: Olivia de Havilland, A career-spanning onstage audio interview with Olivia de Havilland recorded at the National Film Theatre in 1971• Rare hour-long radio adaptation of Hold Back the Dawn from 1941 starring Charles Boyer, Paulette Goddard and Susan Haywood• Gallery of original stills and promotional images• Original Trailer• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio• Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by writer and critic Farran Smith Nehme