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The Passionate Friends (1949)

 -  Drama  -  26 January 1949 (UK)
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The Passionate Friends were in love when young, but separated, and she married an older man. Then Mary Justin meets Steven Stratton again and they have one last fling together in the Alps.

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Ann Todd ...
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Howard Justin
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Professor Steven Stratton
Betty Ann Davies ...
Miss Joan Layton
Isabel Dean ...
Pat Stratton
Arthur Howard ...
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Guido Lorraine ...
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Marcel Poncin ...
Hall Porter
Natasha Sokolova ...
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Hélène Burls ...
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Jean Serret ...
Emigration Official
Frances Waring ...
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Wenda Rogerson ...
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Helen Piers ...
1st Woman - Albert Hall
Ina Pelly ...
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The Passionate Friends were in love when young, but separated, and she married an older man. Then Mary Justin meets Steven Stratton again and they have one last fling together in the Alps. Written by David Wark <dwark@atge.automail.com>

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When Mary and Steven are chatting on the park bench, the cigarette switches from being in Mary's mouth to being out of the frame between shots. See more »

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First Love and Last Love
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Music by Richard Addinsell
Lyrics by Joyce Grenfell
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The Passionate Friends is the first of three films that director David Lean made with Ann Todd in and she gives a fine performance in this mannered British melodrama that evokes in ways two other popular British films of the era, Lean's Brief Encounter and the Todd starring The Seventh Veil.

Former lovers Mary Justin (Todd) and Steven Stratton (Trevor Howard) meet accidentally at a New year's party and rekindle lost feelings. Trouble is she is married to a wealthy banker Howard Justin (Claude Rains) and Stratton's in a committed relationship. Justin discovers the affair however and puts an end to it. Nine years pass and they meet again while vacationing. Stratton is now married with kids but Howard thinks otherwise and files for divorce. Mary becomes desperate and suicidal.

With quality performances (especially Rains) from all of the leads The Passionate Friends is credible melodrama that overachieves with Lean displaying his superb grasp of film language, employing jump cuts, montage and juxtaposition for maximum effect. With a few Hitchcock like flourishes along the way he does an excellent job of keeping the audience guessing right up until the final minutes. It is this subtle triumph of form that makes The Passionate Friends a superior example of its genre.


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