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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, sinister and mysterious love story with a twist!, 29 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: Madeleine [Region 2] [import] [DVD] (DVD)
Probably one of the most 'mysterious' love stories ever brought to the screen - a 'David Lean' movie with lots of great cinematography which has been beautifully re-mastered.

A young Victorian woman (Ann Todd) is secretly meeting a handsome, mysterious and exciting young Frenchman who appears tapping at her Cellar window late at night when everyone else in the house has gone to bed. It's unclear as to how Todd's character ever met the man - and more surprisingly; how it all ends - but this only adds fascination to the very unusual plot.

The Frenchman (played marvellously by Ivan Desny) appears to be from a different class (though dressed affluently) but excepting this; there seems no obvious reason for any opposition coming into play from the girl's parents to disapprove of such a match.

With a 'sinister' undercurrent that's distinctly 'vague' in its presence - there are some wonderful scenes - including a close shot of Desny's character's 'masculine' prowess when seen stood in leather boots towering over the skirts of Ann Todd's character, after she's fallen to the ground at his feet imploring him not to expose their relationship to her father. There is also an interesting and 'obscure' scene when both characters are seen dancing to nearby music outside in the moonlight late at night.

One of the best stories involving any kind of romance I have seen - cleverly combined with an implied 'sinister' mystery that never really gets solved... In view of Desny's wonderful portrayal of the gentleman, one can only empathise and sympathise at how Todd's character 'hypnotically' would die for this small piece of illicit romance with such a fascinating and exciting man!

Also stars Barbara Everest.

Great Movie!
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Initial post: 24 Dec 2015 13:57:42 GMT
Not THE Barbara Everest ?
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