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The End of the Affair (1955)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | May 1955 (USA)
In wartorn London Maurice Bendrix falls in love with neighbor Sarah Miles. They begin an illicit romance behind Sarah's husband's back. While war does not last forever, neither does love in... See full summary »



(from the novel by), (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Goldner ...
Mrs. Bertram
Frederick Leister ...
Dr. Collingwood
Mary Williams ...
Laurence Shiel ...
Doctor (as O'Donovan Shiell)
Elsie Wagstaff ...
Bendrix Landlady
Christopher Warbey ...
Lancelot Parkis
Nan Munro ...
Mrs. Tomkins
Miss Palmer


In wartorn London Maurice Bendrix falls in love with neighbor Sarah Miles. They begin an illicit romance behind Sarah's husband's back. While war does not last forever, neither does love in this existentialist tale. Written by Robert Bole <rjbmbv@teleport.com>

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May 1955 (USA)  »

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Das Ende einer Affaire  »

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Shot June 29-September 10 1954, copyright 1954. See more »


Although the story is taking place during and just after World War II, 1944-1946, all of Deborah Kerr's clothing and hairstyles are strictly mid-1950's; there are even some 1950's vintage automobiles visible in the background in many scenes. See more »


Sarah Miles: [to Father Compton] ... I know that it sounds absurd now, but I thought I'd prayed him alive. That *is* absurd, isn't it?... But people don't come alive; when they're dead, they're dead as mutton. Well, at any rate, I prayed, I... I made that stupid promise, and then he... he walked into the room. So it was all a mistake...
Sarah Miles: If there is a god, then he put the thought of that prayer in my mind, and I hate him for it.
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God is a concept by which we measure our hope.
1 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is the first version of the movie Neil Jordan remade in the late nineties.Based on a Graham Greene novel,it looks like a melodrama ( the chandelier scene is pure poetic melodrama) but with a strong metaphysical side.

The construction of the film is complex,showing the same events from two points of view.Sometimes you may lose the vital lead ,for a lot of important things are not necessarily on the screen.

If the movie is successful ,it's because of Deborah Kerr's extraordinary skills.She is sensational in her part of an unhappy woman,in search of something really worthwhile.Whereas Maurice (Van Johnson) is all passion and jealousy,her quest is much more demanding.

A lot of us have ,at least once in our lives,asked God for something.And if this wish comes true,is it proof positive that God exists?And if the person who prayed Him is an atheist?Does it mean that she has got to change her way of thinking? That she is indebted to Him?That's Sarah's moral dilemma ,lost between her love for Maurice and her moral concern,and trying to find her way ,helped by two men Father Crompton and Smythe.

Deborah Kerr's fans should watch this .

At the time,Edward Dmytryk had probably moral concern too.

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