Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
United Kingdom, 1945. Cineguild. Screenplay by Anthony Havelock-Allan, David Lean, Ronald Neame, based on the play Still Life by Noel Coward. Cinematography by Robert Krasker. Produced by Noel Coward. Music by John Hollingsworth, Percival Mackey, Muir Mathieson. Production Design by Lawrence P. Williams. Film Editing by Jack Harris.
A decades-beloved romantic classic that truly deserves its place among the greats. David Lean adapts Noel Coward’s intimate play Still Life into a moving account of two souls who meet on a train station platform and begin a mild affair.
Things soon get heated up, but they are both married to other individuals and can’t muck up their morals by getting carried away with themselves. Celia Johnson gives a powerfully frank and natural performance as the conflicted woman, earning the respect of worldwide critics for abandoning more melodramatic acting styles that were in common usage in films at the time.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Actress (Celia Johnson); Best Director (David Lean); Best Screenplay
Cannes Film Festival Award: Grand Prize