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Opinions certainly run the proverbial gamut on this one!
My goodness! So many comments...so many different takes on what was surely David Lean's most arduous labor of cinematic love! I won't add my "two cents" except to say that I thought Robert Mitchum gave one of his all-time best performances (and that includes his remarkable tour-de-force in "Night of the Hunter"); Sarah Miles, whom I usually found rather grating and tiresome, was quite convincing under Lean's tutelage; the cinematography by the esteemed Freddie Young was more than gorgeous; and, once again, Maurice Jarre's music was jarring, something I'd rather have done without. (Sorry!)
When I saw this during its first-run engagement in Beverly Hills, California, I was in the company of my parents and an elderly lady who was on the staff at my place of employment. She was quite a grande dame in her way; had lived quite a colorful life with her paramour in the English colony in Florence, Italy many years before; had vacationed on the Isle of Capri where she had befriended, among other famous people, the beloved British entertainer, Gracie Fields; and, when this film was released, was living alone in a Hollywood apartment within walking distance of our office. I tremendously enjoyed providing her with a bit of getting out-and-about and she was very appreciative of our occasional moviegoing "dates." At intermission in the hushed lobby, surrounded by mostly well-dressed patrons (Those were the days!), in her very properly accented King's English, she loudly proclaimed her admiration for the breasts of Miss Miles (the erotic tryst in the forest having preceded intermission.) I thought my mother, still suffering from an overly prudish Boston (Massachusetts) Irish-American Catholic upbringing, would have liked to disappear under the theater lobby's plush carpeting. My father and I exchanged amused smiles, however, as our worldly companion was off on another subject, probably a story of her fondly remembered sojourn in pre-WWII Italy.
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