On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah, who abruptly ended their affair two years before. ...
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On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah, who abruptly ended their affair two years before. Bendrix's obsession with Sarah is rekindled; he succumbs to his own jealousy and arranges to have her followed.Written by
Surprisingly, this genteel period drama was granted an 18 certificate in the UK (the equivalent of an R rating). This was mainly down to the fact the censor found Ralph Fiennes' gyrating buttocks in the numerous sex scenes to be too graphic. See more »
When Henry and Bendrix embrace, Henry puts his arm around Bendrix twice. See more »
I've only made two promises in my life. One was to marry Henry, the other is to stop seeing you. And I'm too weak to keep either.
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Wishing (Will Make It So)
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva (as Buddy DeSylva)
Performed by Vera Lynn
Courtesy of The Decca Record Company Ltd.
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Remake of the 1955 film of the same name, a fine modern version.
First, my complaint. I saw "The End of the Affair" on DVD, and although the picture is always exquisite, the dialog in quiet scenes is sometimes impossible to understand. We had to resort to using the "subtitles" feature on the DVD to understand dialog in two key scenes. Fortunately you can easily do this on the DVD.
The story is set in London in WWII, spanning 1939 through 1946. I did not see the 1955 movie of the same name, but one critic described it, in part...
<quote>When I thought the film had come so far to bring so much of human existence, with all its emotions, philosophy, belief, and religion to the fore, the film found more fertile ground. The relationships are complicated, and the nature of faith, God, sin, and belief become part of the complex mix, along with the very human desire to do the right thing. Sarah most particularly must struggle with these age old questions as she searches from sources of different, even contradictory viewpoints. The dilemmas and questions all of us ask at one time or another are dealt with in a detailed manner, without passing along the answer to everything. What could have been trite turned out to be a film much more than the premise, and even more than the sum of its parts. <un-quote>
All I can say is "amen" to that for the 1999 version. I found it to be a totally absorbing film and rate it a solid "8" of "10".
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