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9 /10
Average Rating
9.52 /10
Celia Johnson , Trevor Howard, Joyce Carey
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Directed by: David Lean
Written by: Noel Coward from his play Still Life

Released: 1945
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: GB
Length: 86


A married woman (Celia Johnson, pictured left with Trevor Howard) contemplates an affair.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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At some point during the swinging 60s, this terribly stiff-upper-lip, British film fell out of critical fashion. Today, it's back where it belongs. Not merely the best of David Lean's four films with Coward, this is one of the great tearjerkers of all time. It suggests that the most successful romantic films (such as this and Casablanca ) see love from a wider perspective than the personal, and make the leading characters choose self-sacrifice. David Lean's atmospheric direction - which shows cinematic genius as it nears the almost wordless climax - still has the power to move. Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard's beautifully understated performances are heart-breaking. The film was banned by the Spanish authorities, on the grounds that it might incite Spaniards to commit adultery. There was a hugely ill-advised 1974 remake, starring Sophia Loren and Richard Burton.

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