The End of the Affair

The End of the Affair

DVD - 2000
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In England during World War II, an American writer and the bored wife of a British civil servant fall in love. Then she mysteriously ends the affair.
MPAA rating: R.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia Tristar Home Video, [2000]
ISBN: 9780767847414
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 28, 2015

A beautiful movie in every way.

Sep 13, 2013

Well done. The B&W gives you more of a feel for WW2.

Jan 06, 2013

What a fantastically uneven flick, at least from the perspective of audiences half a century after its making. While the script at times sparkles with fully convincing dialogue, at times viewers are also challenged not just with one overdubbed voice-over narrator, but *two*! And this is in addition to a Greeneian profusion of communication forms -- letters, diaries, torn confessional notes ...what have you. As devices moving the plot along in the book they may pass, but this array is hard to bear on film. Still, no doubt the worst travesty is the grossly miscast Van Johnson, a Yank inexplicably and unconvincingly replacing a Brit lead. In one scene (I kid you not) he actually offers his arriving visitors a glass of sherry! A competent actor on a good day, Johnson's role's religious requirements are clearly way beyond his reach. Kerr is quietly stunning as ever, but her near-constant presence, to say nothing of the story's thick, melodramatic carpet of piousness, tax her thespian palette to the very hilt. However she may captivate the camera with her usual cool fire, this film, unlike most others, shows her expressive limits (and I can't think of who could pull off all her role's demands). Still, be ready for some superb lines well delivered, set alongside an unusual amount of religious self-torture that, to our loss or gain, now seems only very alien when placed smack in the thematic center of any movie. (But note, however, how the disappearance of the Rationalist's facial 'strawberry mark' is dropped out of this production. That would be too much religiosity, too much mystery. Can't have that. My kids and yours would freak, and raise their knowing eyebrows)

Feb 07, 2012

The acting was excellent and the ending was surprising.

Dec 30, 2011

Deborah Kerr is my hero..

macabrescribe May 28, 2011

Films such as The End Of The Affair are not my cup of tea, which is a bummer because I usually love movies directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Breakfast on Pluto, and Ondine). It was sort of slow, but the acting was good - especially Julianne Moore. The sexual aspects were neat as well.

May 30, 2010

Pretty melo-dramatic for today's audiences. Plenty of steamy scenes! But interesting in the Graham Greene tradition.

Apr 15, 2010

A great movie but not the 2000 version as noted. The version I received was from the '70s.


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