My brief review of the film
A rather early entry in David Lean's career, his directing skills show through in some dramatic moments that require intense atmosphere. Nevertheless, the film is not the best example of Lean's abilities - both before and after it he directed superior productions - but this one is still okay viewing. With many flashbacks melded in with the plot, some are better done than others, and likewise, sequences showing the thoughts and dreams of the characters vary in effectiveness. There is a memorable sequence that features multiple telephone tracks, and there are also a few other neat tricks in the mix. The cinematography is quite good, and the cast keeps the film at an interesting level. Still, it is primarily of interest to followers of Lean's work.
- Feb 20, 2006
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