Separate Tables (1958)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1958.   Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions, Clifton Productions.   Screenplay by , , based on a play by Terence Rattigan.   Cinematography by .   Produced by .   Music by .   Production Design by .   Costume Design by , .   Film Editing by , .    Academy Awards 1958.  Golden Globe Awards 1958New York Film Critics Awards 1958.  

Enormously enjoyable ensemble drama that takes place at a sleepy seaside resort run by Wendy Hiller. The many guests of the inn interact for two hours, sometimes successfully, sometimes not as the drama proceeds. Burt Lancaster is having an affair with Hiller, but is thrown into confusion when ex-wife  (in one of her last notable roles) shows up asking for another chance. Deborah Kerr (in an excellent performance) is a painfully shy old maid travelling with her mother. David Niven plays a lonely ex-colonel with a spotted past who strikes up a bond with Kerr, much to the chagrin of her conservative mother (). Low key and lovely, and very entertaining.

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