A good Romantic film with Rachmaninoff's 2nd as soundtrack. For those seeking more Romantic film from this era I would also recommend Vincente Minnelli's Undercurrent, Powell & Pressburger's Red Shoes, Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past, and George Cukor's Holiday. :)
3-4. It is, indeed, a very intimate gem. I would only maybe dock it points on the love interest not being as distinct, personality-wise, as the heroine, but I completely believe in the emotional atmosphere of it; especially the wonderful way it's blended with the flickering romantic vision of cinema illustrated by the train, its motion, and its steam. A very intimate 'Man vs self' story, overall.
One of the most devastating unfulfilled romance movies that has been made filled with strong moral themes and symbolism. Without a single kiss it have more emotion and love poured into it than any other romantic film made. Memory to a time when it was possible to meet a stranger, like him and not f**k him/her totally bonkers in a moment of passion. It is still more timeless than any romance movie I have ever seen.
I would say that this is the most beautiful and heartbreaking love story I have ever seen on the screen. It doesn't create emotion by being grandiose, manipulative or exploitative; rather, it's the craft and intimacy of Lean's direction, the depth and honesty of Coward's writing, and the purity and nuance of the leads' performances that give it a genuine power. The more I see it, the more real it becomes.