While the movie of Forever Amber (1947) doesn’t have the reported 70 references to sexual intercourse, 39 illegitimate pregnancies, 7 abortions, and 10 descriptions of women undressing in front of men that got the 1944 novel of the same name banned as pornography in 14 American states, the film was racy for its time. The main character, Amber St. Claire, has only five lovers in the movie instead of 30 in the book and bears only one child. But she’s still scheming and social climbing and gets a tragic ending she so deserves.
This flick is a classic bodice-ripping romance in many ways, with lots of implied sex and plenty of tits-out bodices. Amber bounces from one man to another in search of riches and social status, even though she’s supposedly in love with an absent nobleman-privateer Bruce Carlton. She’s no starry-eyed romantic — from the start, Amber is ambitious as hell and selfish too. Life turns her cynical about everything but her supposed true love. Apparently, the 1940s film censors required the movie to end on a more moralistic tone than the novel. That’s show biz, folks!
Have you seen Forever Amber or read the book?