Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The End of the Affair|
Actors: Deborah Kerr, Van Johnson, John Mills, Peter Cushing, Michael Goodliffe
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
An adulterous love affair turns into a relationship filled with hate and jealousy. Genre: Feature Film-Drama Rating: UN Release Date: 16-MAY-2000 Media Type: DVD
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An interesting film
Fernando Silva | Santiago de Chile. | 01/22/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I always say it, it's no use comparing books to films, nor comparing nineteen forties or fifties movies with current releases, for many reasons, not only because of limitations due to the Production Code, which reigned supreme in those decades. This is a fine, interesting movie, with a top performance by that grand lady of the 50's, Deborah Kerr, who excelled in this kind of roles (one can remember "From Here to Eternity" and "Bonjour Tristesse", among others). Also, very good performances by the supporting-all-english-cast, most notably Peter Cushing and John Mills, and good acting by previous-boy-next-door Van Johnson, much in the way of his role in "The Last Time I Saw Paris" with Liz Taylor, but even better. I saw this movie for the first time when I was a kid and couldn't fully understand many of its implications, anyway loving it. In spite of the restrictions imposed by the aforementioned P. Code to the sexual aspects of the main characters relationship, it's pretty adult material in regard to their inner conflicts and contradictions. Serious viewing. Recommended."
Better than the remake
firstname.lastname@example.org | Baton Rouge, La USA | 08/14/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I much preferred this version of the Grahme Greene classic to the newer version with Julianna Moore and Ralph Fienes. That movie was far too graphic for my tastes and the story was so confusing that I was often completely lost. In any case, in the 1999 version, I found I did not like the characters, therefore, I could not care less what happened to them. In this version with Deborah Kerr and Van Johnson, I could follow the story line and find a sympathy for the characters. It was almost like "aha, so that is what it was all about." Sort of shows that today's graphic realism can ruin a really good story. I like the old way better...leaving a little mystery and something to the imagination."
Strong Sarah, weak Bendrix
L. W. Barnes | Alabama, United States | 04/16/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I recently watched this film, about a year after I'd seen the 1999 version. Of course, both films have their own shortcomings and merits, but here is my opinions on the earlier version. Deborah Kerr's performance was good, and she beautifully portrayed a woman torn between her unsatiable passions and her search for truth and God. However, Van Johnson's role as Bendrix was totally ineffective; when he was crying, I felt like the few tears he produced were too forced and unfelt. His performance cannot compare to the brilliant acting of Ralph Fiennes in the later version, but I preferred Deborah Kerr's Sarah to Julianne Moore's. Kerr lent authenticity to her role, something that I think Moore failed to accomplish. (As a side note, even though she is a talented actress, I abhorred the plethora of Moore's flesh in the 1999 version. We don't have to see borderline soft porn to understand that Bendrix and Sarah are having an illicit affair. Please.)Overall, 1955's version is well worth a watch, just imagine Ralph Fiennes as Bendrix instead of Van Johnson. Had they gotten a better actor in 1955, like Cary Grant or Gregory Peck, this film version would have been much more convincing and entertaining. But as is, it's a farily decent wartime love story."
Michelle Holland | Texas | 09/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like classic movies that are depressing and melodramatic (not necessarily a bad word), then boy are you in the right place! I LOVE this film! It showcases Deborah Kerr and Van Johnson at their finest. This is a far cry from the musicals for which Johnson is usually recognized. The cinematography is exceptional as well and really captures the essence of London during World War II."