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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not classic.
This love triangle between psychiatrist Christian Faber (Noel Coward) and his wife of twelve years Barbara (Celia Johnson) and the other women Leonora Vail (Margaret Leighton) is very much a 1950 film and dates in the same way endearing way as Brief Encounter and Passionate Friends.

Written by Noel Coward who plays the male lead, and also wrote a pretty good...
Published on 27 Jan 2011 by Amazon Customer

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars THE MASTER MISCAST
I adore Coward, but his performance in this film is a hollow, mannered embarrassment. Film provides no veil of illusion.
Published on 17 Jan 2012 by RANDEL


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not classic., 27 Jan 2011
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This review is from: The Astonished Heart [DVD] [1950] (DVD)
This love triangle between psychiatrist Christian Faber (Noel Coward) and his wife of twelve years Barbara (Celia Johnson) and the other women Leonora Vail (Margaret Leighton) is very much a 1950 film and dates in the same way endearing way as Brief Encounter and Passionate Friends.

Written by Noel Coward who plays the male lead, and also wrote a pretty good film score that points up the action extremely well. It also includes Coward's lifetime partner Graham Payn in the role of his assistant Tim Verney.

The scenes between Noel Coward and Celia Johnson are very successful but otherwise this well acted and written film just does not come to life as it should, mainly because Coward is too old for the young Margaret Leighton and unable to generate the passion and angst needed, one wonders what an actor like Claude Rains would have made of the role.

This an enjoyable backward glance at 1950 film making, but not a classic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another facet of Coward, 18 Dec 2011
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Since this is, like Brief Encounter, an expansion of a playlet from Tonight at 8.30 it is still a swift 85 minutes. The cast is the Coward "family" of Joyce Carey,Celia Johnson, Graham Payn, etc all of whom are used to the manner and style of Cowards' writing. He himself is a little ill at ease playing the part of the man whose love life and over intellectualisation of everything ultimately destroys him.YET the basic premise of the plot holds true and the oft quoted "physician heal theyself" is applicable to the psychiatrist who loses control through emotions and is unable to resolve the situation.It is a chance to see Coward challenging himself in another acting role, even if the result is not 100% convincing. It should however be noted for fashion historians that Margaret Leightons' clothes by Molyneux and Celia Johnsons' by Digby Moreton are terrific.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Coward, 26 Feb 2011
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This is a perfect period piece. Anyone just discovering Terence Rattigan through his centenary celebrations should also try this. Celia Johnson (Brief Encounter) stars with Noel Coward and Margaret Leighton. And of course the frocks are lovely, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Romance of the Silver Screen, 13 Jan 2014
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Noel Coward Led Black and White Film ---- Loyal Dowdy Wife ( Celia Johnson ) and Glamourous Mistress ( Margaret Leighton -- magnificently Played ) --- Usual Stuff etc but there is a Refreshing twist at the end -- if you can call it that ! --- I love this Type of Old Fashioned Stiff Upper Lip Drama ....... Recommended !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noel Coward., 29 Nov 2013
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As one expects, an elegant and polished performance by Noel Coward, one of the greatest playwrites of the post-war period.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, 26 Feb 2014
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This is an excellent film, very good quality audio and video. A great story with good old British actors.
Many thanks.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars THE MASTER MISCAST, 17 Jan 2012
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This review is from: The Astonished Heart [DVD] [1950] (DVD)
I adore Coward, but his performance in this film is a hollow, mannered embarrassment. Film provides no veil of illusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good buy, 25 Aug 2014
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Fab film,I love the black and white films with best actors in .
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