David Lean directed this domestic drama near the end of WWII, which follows the life of a family from the end of WWI to the brink of the second World War. A quintessentially British examination of society during a very specific time, the film is a beautifully photographed tribute to the British people made at the very end of perhaps their darkest period. Moving and powerfully rendered.
David Lean's adaptation of the Noel Coward play is one of the great British pictures of the 40's. The story of a family's up and downs between the wars offers great viewing pleasure and is a moving and poignant experience. Leads Robert Newton (never better) and Celia Johnson are both superb well supported by exceptional casting all around.
Although it can be a bit boring time sometimes this film presents a story that we don't see very often. There are lots of war movies but this film can best be categorized as an in between the wars movie. A total human drama that brings to life the ordinary struggles of the home front in dealing with the aftermath of one war and the initial lead up to another.
All of the David Lean/Noel Coward collabs are worth owning, and this one is perhaps the best after Breif Encounter. The whole cast is spot on, similar to Blithe Spirit, but I don't feel that one holds up to repeat viewings like this one. The very specific period of looking at family life between the two world wars, makes this a unique film and a loving tribute to the British is one of their darkest times. 5 stars