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Of Human Bondage (1964)

Approved | | Drama | 4 July 1964 (Japan)
A medical student becomes obsessed with his faithless lover.

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Medical student Philip fall in love with Mildred, a waitress. Although she is a flirt, they have a love affair. But when Philip is told about her constant infidelity, they break up. Mildred quits her job and becomes a prostitute. But Philip is still in love with her. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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HE SWORE HE'D NEVER TOUCH HER AGAIN ... AND THEN SHE WHISPERED HIS NAME AND HE WAS LOST ... See more »

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4 July 1964 (Japan)  »

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W. Somerset Maugham's of Human Bondage  »

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Trivia

Ken Hughes replaced director Henry Hathaway. Hathaway claimed he quit after just one days filming with Kim Novak. See more »

Goofs

Although set in the 1915 or thereabouts, Kim Novak sports the same tousled bouffant she wore in her contemporary films throughout the Sixties. See more »

Connections

Featured in We All Loved Each Other So Much (1974) See more »

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Mildred Theme
Written by Ron Goodwin
Performed by David Rose And His Orchestra
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Intense and real
19 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had only seen the Bette Davis, Ashley Wilkes version before and it struck me as over the top. Ashley, er.. I mean Howard was so wimpy and Davis so over the top. I love Bette but this was not her best effort. I never saw them as people, only archetypes in a cold exploration of the ironies in human relationships.

This version is the complete opposite. Novak's Mildred really surprised me with her depth. She was completely believable, and all her actions were in character. She was no one-dimensional harridan but a real woman. We could see the qualities that attracted Harvey's Dr. Carey to her. There is true tragedy in her demise, in that she did not realize that she had lost what she truly wanted until it was too late.

Lawrence Harvey was even better. I thought he was great in Room at the Top but this performance might have surpassed that in subtlety. His actions are completely believable and one understands and feels his pain, not for himself, but for the woman that he is bound to, yet helpless to save.

As for the IMDb preference for the 1934 version - well, maybe some of the young film students need to get out of the lecture hall and into the real world a bit more. This film is real, intense and so beautifully sad...


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