A demonstration that (authentic) melodrama and its concomitant spectatorial affect, typically a recognition that is really an anamnesis, is always a formal pattern and a proof (if proof be needed) that the Platonic strain (Borzage, McCarey, Peter Ibbetson, some Ford) in classical Hollywood filmmaking was structural avant la lettre!
Say what you want – it has a heart like no other. A tearjerker in a class of its own, regardless of the suspension of disbelief required. If you're willing to have a good cry (or need one), this one will pick you up like no other and leave you feeling hopeful, like some things are worth waiting for, even if takes half a lifetime. Greer Garson was truly immaculate – enough pure beauty to inspire tears. Unforgettable.
A very personal film. Sometimes a bit heavy handed, but Colman and Garson keep the proceedings intriguing. Always loved Greer, a real beauty who could act, rare. With she and Colman, this may be the most eloquently spoken film from the golden age of Hollywood. Peters is good here as well, very sad to read about her personal life and struggles after this high point. A good film, that just misses being great. 3.5 stars