Delicate and substantial romance. Expertly shot with an economy and precision which manages to retain all the warmth, charm and tension of the emotional drama. The globe-trotting locations, which perhaps aren't always necessary, actually gave an added visual splendour, I thought. David Lean at the top of his game.
An absolutely terrific film. Though H.G. Wells' story doesn't move with the economy and precision of Noel Coward's Brief Encounter, the film's companion-piece, David Lean is a more assured filmmaker, the cinematography gorgeous and the cast on peerless form. Lean lingers over faces, on scenery and dives into memories seamlessly tell this beautiful story that is mysteriously unknown. One of the great MUBI discoveries.
C'est avec un brio certain et un subtil doigté romantique que David Lean nous raconte ce chassé-croisé affectif sur trois périodes différentes de la vie des deux personnages principaux, avec un sens parfait de la plasticité des décors et des situations et une remarquable finesse d'observation des sentiments et des caractères. www.cinefiches.com
Ah, good to see Trevor -Brief Encounter-Howard is back on the job. Lean's atmospheric production raises the modest source material above the dull world of RP accents and stiff upper lip convention. Naughty TH gets it on with Jane-butter wouldn't melt-Todd, in his inimitable decorous manner. Lean lets the Swiss mountains convey the passion. Not a classic, but eminently watchable.
Another of Lean's over embrodied postage stamps. Ravishing to the eye (especially in recent restoration prints) and splendidly performed, but it's reductive charms might have been better served as a studio-bound miniature without all the international rushing about to little effect other than travelogue gloss.
Il confronto inevitabile è con "Breve incontro". Inutile dire che "Sogno d'amanti" ne esce perdente. Molto bella la scena nella quale il marito, non visto, soffre, oltre al proprio dolore, quello della moglie che, dal balcone, saluta l'amante sventolando un fazzoletto bianco.