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on 4 December 2012
Lovely to have these classic movies on DVD. I think I could watch Brief Encounter every day! The Dickens films are simply marvellous: the young John Mills as Pip in Great Expectations, and Alec Guinness, very young, as Pip's companion in Great Expectations and then turning in a brilliant performance as Fagin in Oliver Twist. If you've never seen Dirk Bogarde in The Tale of Two Cities, this is the collection to have - he brings the character of Sidney Carton to life in this poignant and moving story, possibly Dickens's best.
The Sound Barrier is a little dated now, but a wonderful way to understand the transition of air travel into the jet age. Madeleine is unusual and atmospheric, a Gothic crime tale based on a true story. The Passionate Friends is charming and a reminder of a bygone age of manners and good behaviour. These three films all star Ann Todd who was David Lean's wife for a while. She is a beautiful, mannered actress of her period, and these classics are a breath of fresh air in their measured pace, stylish and stylised acting and, while not quite in the Brief Encounter class (which is exceptional), wonderful matinee fare.
David Lean was a fantastic director and these early films give a good flavour of the marvels to come in Lawrence of Arabia, Dr Zhivago, and Ryan's Daughter. I recommend any film buff to include this box set in their film collection.