Of the six-time Oscar-nominated actress, who passed away on Tuesday, and her famous moment rolling around in the surf, Richard Corliss at Time writes:
The scene is remembered for the much-imitated smooch at the shoreline, but it’s more mature and complicated than that. From Here to Eternity helped Hollywood approach themes of sexual yearning and remorse in a more mature fashion. The movement could have no finer exemplars than Lancaster, the wily male animal, and Kerr, the lady who revealed, with her subtlety and daring, that things may never be quite what they seem.
No longer will writers troop up to Bishop’s California home pleading for one more morsel about those days: Anything, Mr. Bishop, about Frank and the fellows? Did you ever see Sammy hanging out with Kim Novak? What can you say about Frank and the mob? Joey mostly wouldn’t talk about the other members of the Rat Pack; he had no dark stories to share. He found nostalgia sweet and wished to keep it private. He liked each member. It’s that ephemeral thing called showbiz love.