If you can survive the first hour of exposition, you'll be able to enjoy at least three sublime scenes: the love scene in the forest, the storm and Mitchum's awakened awareness on the beach. Note that most of the themes of the film will be handled again in A PASSAGE TO INDIA, 14 years later. Highly recommended.
An incredibly beautiful film. How anyone can cite the supposedly 'bloated scenery' as a negative point is incomprehensible to me - the vastness of the landscape and setting, and the way Lean captures it, is what makes the movie great. Why do people seem to think that a 'little story' should only be told on a 'little canvas'? See it on the big screen and be overwhelmed!
This film is unbelievably somber. David Lean's epic cinema is focused onto such a tiny drama that it elevates to untold heights. Unfairly ridiculed, this is a great film-not to be missed. Robert Mitchum gives one of his best performances-we finally see the impenetrable armor break. Watch it for the cinematography alone (almost obligatory when describing Lean) but this has the most spectacular beach in any film.
The most underrated film in history. This plainly forms a diptych with LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. The his and hers of romantic yearning and disillusion. The parallels and contrasts between Lawrence and Rose are endless, a book should be written about them. The most obvious sign of their bond - a vista of sand. If you want to understand the essential differences between male and female psychology, just watch these two films.
Mein persönlicher Abschluss der Berlinale, auch wenn der Film in der "Astor Film Lounge" nicht im Rahmen der Festspiele gezeigt wurde. Die Projektion des deutschen Prints war bedeutend besser, als die des Prints aus Stockholm während der Berlinale 2009. Der Ton übersteuerte nicht, das Bild war sehr scharf, der Bildstand war bombig, nur leider war der Print schon etwas rotstichig.
Overblown history is grafted onto an ordinary love triangle for no discernible reason. Despite some fine acting, cinematography, sets and costumes, the silly music score and the bloated scenery make hash of the whole rendering it nearly unwatchable. The story ultimately fails even as a passable bodice-ripper.