76, 603-606 David Lean Directs Noël Coward

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Re: 76, 603-606 David Lean Directs Noël Coward

#26 Post by Sloper » Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:17 am

Celia Johnson was also very good as the Countess of Rousillon in the BBC production of All's Well That Ends Well, which was really a rather good film in its own right. Some beautiful firelit scenes between her and Angela Down (who played Helena).

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Re: 76, 603-606 David Lean Directs Noël Coward

#27 Post by nyasa » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:05 am

Just been watching Brief Encounter with Bruce Eder's (rather dry) commentary. I can't vouch for all of his facts, but I can certainy point to one glaring error. he says that Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson were reunited playing an old couple in the TV movie Christmas Eve. Not so. The TV movie he was thinking off was Staying On, in which they portrayed an English couple who had remained in India after the end of the British Raj.

It's a terrific little film, shot on location, and I would have thought Bruce Eder would have taken the trouble to find it before recording his B.E. commentary. It almost serves as a what-might-have been sequel - had Celia Johnson's character gone with Trevor Howard to the colonies.

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Re: 76, 603-606 David Lean Directs Noël Coward

#28 Post by manicsounds » Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:59 pm

I think the commentary was recorded in the days before Internet pre-checking was prevalent. Maybe he just didn't have access to the TV movie. Is it available anywhere on DVD now?

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Re: 76, 603-606 David Lean Directs Noël Coward

#30 Post by knives » Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:22 am

This Happy Breed has a script that feels like a great satire on British behavior between the wars, but Lean seems incapable of playing this for the poison pill it is shifting the script, sometimes bizarrely, into a drama. As a drama it is okay mostly thanks to the two central performances. Newton plays the drama well (though flops in some scenes like the kissing one early on), but it is Johnson who seems to fully understand the satire and plays that perfectly despite Lean's austere presentation. The end result is an okay movie, that could have been an amazing pill in the hands of someone like Alberto Cavalcanti.

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