In honor of Sam Mendes' Jarhead, to be released on Friday, we're going to do a week's worth of Vintage Images from war movies. And what better place to start than with one of the most iconic images from any kind of movie, the above shot of Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity? The film, directed by Fred Zinnemann, was the second most successful picture of 1953, behind The Robe (the first film shot in Cinemascope) and ahead of Shane. Kerr only took the part when Joan Crawford dropped out (she "abhorred the costumes"); both she and the costumes won Academy Awards. Frank Sinatra also took home an Oscar for his supporting role in the film. At the time, his career was in a terrible slump (often credited to his appearances, alongside Gene Kelly, in a string of musicals that flopped then but are now considered classics), and nobody wanted to hire him. He eventually agreed to take the role for $8,000, a tiny fraction of his $150,000 asking fee. His career never "slumped" again.
But all of that aside – I've always loved the fact that one of the great films about military life is remembered above all else for the part where they make out on the beach.