You Only Live Once

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 78%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 4


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Henry Fonda as Kerry Gilfallen
Sylvia Sidney as Drina
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Spikeopath 9 / 10 / 10

Eddie and Joan were two good looking people…

You Only Live Once is directed by Fritz Lang and written by C. Graham Baker and Gene Towne. It stars Sylvia Sidney, Henry Fonda, Barton MacLane, Jean Dixon and William Gargan. Music is by Alfred Newman and cinematography by Leon Shamroy. He has been pounding on the door of that execution chamber since the day he was born. One of Fritz Lang's first American productions is a cracker-jack proto- noir, a leading light (darkly shaded of course) in the sub-genre of fugitive lovers on the lam pictures. Story leans on the legend of Bonnie and Clyde and finds Fonda as three times jailbird Eddie Taylor. After strings are pulled and promises made, Eddie gets released into the arms of his adoring gal, Jo Graham (Sidney). Determined to go straight and settle down with Jo, Eddie finds a society not ready to forgive and forget, worst still, he's old comrades in criminal arms have cooked something up and it's not going to be good news for Eddie. Cue the Romeo & Juliet factor as two lovers love each other so much they will stop at nothing to be together and to try and make the other one happy. Lang brings his expressionistic bent to the tragi noir tale, drifting fogs, mists and spider web shadows across key scenes. Canted angles feature, reflections in a psychological eye also play their part, while the protection of animals theme – and the continuing frog motif - further strengthens the otherworldly – cum - nightmarish aura that so often permeated Lang's movies. The action scenes are deftly marshalled by the director, with a smoke grenade led robbery and a prison escape particularly worthy of luring you to the end of your seat. Lang also gets fine performances from his lead actors, Sidney is not done too many favours by the screenplay, where she is saddled with one of those compliant love interest roles, but she brings a quality to her scenes with Fonda that earns respect. Fonda is great in what is a two- fold role, shifting skilfully between a tender lover to an embittered man, he's a triumphant fulcrum for all the various strands that Lang is weaving together. It has been argued that it's a film that's too morally grey, but as film noir lovers will tell you, this is no bad thing, especially when Lang marries up his superb visuals with alienation, fatalism and pessimism. Historically important to film noir and Lang fans, You Only Live Once is an ambiguous gem. 9/10

Reviewed by John Brooks 1 / 10 / 10

1930's Bonnie and Clyde like story

Henry Fonda adds a lot of presence to this film, and it's interesting to see on an individual level how he's progressed as an actor from decade to decade in the roles he's played and the way he's been utilized as a protagonist. This film is fine. It's a bit bleak indeed and it seems the emphasis is on the wrongs of young, responsibility-free love; how love may not always be fulfilled and experienced the right way when it is so passionate it derails from its natural path. Fritz Lang was known for his visual artistic vision and it shows here as some still-frames have a soul of their own and illustrate the aesthetics of the individual scenes a bit further, although they're nothing quite magical, they're nice touches added to the overall visual aspect. The story is fine, the characters are globally well written and bring their own purpose to the plot. But overall, understandably for its time but still, there is a predictability and inevitability about it that are quite chronic throughout the whole picture, and that does tarnish the experience.

Reviewed by alamosa1 1 / 10 / 10

Hilarious parts that aren't meant to be funny then it gets loose and idiotic

People writing most of the reviews must have seen a different movie than I did. This thing is God awful... I had a lot of fun laughing during the first 15 minutes in scenes that are meant to show the callous cruelty of the workaday world....the boss who fired Fonda...the Hotel managers wife etc...(I recognized her from Laurel and Hardy movies). In fact this movie would have made an excellent black comedy. But then the plot gets loose and fragments with holes you can drive through...or rather get a gun through. The metal detector gave away Sidney on the way into the cell with gun but is silent when Sidney walks back out still with the gun. The "metal detector" looks like a one of those automatic door openers using photo cells from the 50s.... and on and on this thing goes loose and boring... Lang has a couple Citizen Kane moments with good scary shadow work but this is the exception rather than the rule in this decidedly low budget looking film. The writing is terrible... the story unbelievable in the extreme...and then gets drawn out and boring and corny towards the end. Lang can pull off great movies if they let him....that was probably the problem here the studio wanted a heart throbber with violins playing and Lang liked the noir scenes with gas masks and murdered (thank heavens!) priests... I think that is probably over analysis giving a low rent story too much credit..this movie simply flops. Sylvia Sydney looks 10 years older than Fonda...but I looked it up to see = she was 27 when this was made and Fonda 32. She is a rather unattractive woman...I liked her hard sister better and best of all the Motel Manager's wife from Laurel and Hardy movies. Do not recommend unless you can treat the whole thing as a black comedy.

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