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.
Avant les fresques (pompeuses) qu'on connaît, D. Lean a dc réalisé cette modeste gemme! Il y transcende, par une mise en scène inspirée, un mélodrame intimiste et a priori banal. Une gare devient le lieu possible de toutes les rencontres et de toutes les séparations, le témoin d'un morne quotidien comme du jaillissement de sentiments inconnus. Et la caméra de Lean, si droite, vacille quand l'héroïne songe à mourir...