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Ratings & Reviews

  1. FISCHER's rating of the film This Happy Breed

    Le film se présente comme une suave chronique, sur une vingtaine d'années environ, de la vie quotidienne des Gibbons et de leurs trois enfants, sur fond de troubles historiques et sociaux. Un regard plein de tendresse et de respect pour la population des classes moyennes par un David Lean tout à fait inspiré...

  2. Dan Kenneth Gigernes's rating of the film This Happy Breed

    Soap drama where even the kitchen sink is thrown into the screen. It is a glorious Technicolor production with a very sympathetic Robert Newton as the family father. Absolutely worth a watch.

  3. SpacePirate's rating of the film This Happy Breed

    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

  4. msmichel's rating of the film This Happy Breed

    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.

  5. Cinema Omnivore's rating of the film This Happy Breed

    8.1/10, my review:

  6. petit astronaute's rating of the film This Happy Breed

    An extraordinary 35 mm print, from the BFI. I think I never seen a print in such a pristine state, with wonderful colours (Technicolor), the film's best attribute.

  7. Hugo Poderoso's rating of the film This Happy Breed

    The Great War was won, then what? Cultural and political trends, social and intimate events are not there to stay, but to pass, adding up to a chronicle of uncertainty and disillusionment.

  8. Ethan's rating of the film This Happy Breed

    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.

  9. Allison Rung's rating of the film This Happy Breed

    I read this was the "most successful" film of 1944, which is funny because it has no plot... it records one tenancy (1919-1939) of a terracehouse in Clapham, and what is plot but how characters move around? (Discuss.) And some trivia: Late in the film the radio plays Beethoven's 7th just as it announces the death of King George (V). Is this what BBC rly did and, and why The King's Speech makes the 7th its theme?

  10. Adam Suraf's rating of the film This Happy Breed

    It's no wonder Ronald Neame's title card is as big and prominent as David Lean's, the Technicolor cinematography here is glorious.

  11. Matthew_Lucas's rating of the film This Happy Breed

    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.

  12. InsertOzuReferencehere's rating of the film This Happy Breed

    A very mature film for a younger Lean. The wizdom and understanding of the poetic nature of "the family" is criminally overlooked in this film. My personal favourite David Lean film.

  13. Richmond Hill's rating of the film This Happy Breed

    A generally appealing appreciation of the importance of family and home despite being trapped by a script soaked in formaldehyde and some ‘Mockneyisms’. In a sense now an elegy to a largely vanished local population; the past is indeed a foreign country but so is the present in many ways.