The Constant Nymph Reviews
November 25, 2007
Very good. I hadn't seen a Peter Lorre film in awhile and although he is the supporting role here, he makes it a better one. Interesting interplay between Boyer and the two cousins...each seeking his heart. What decision will he make?
November 29, 2008
joan fontaine is probably the only actress that could play meek young women and awkward lady-child type characters. it must have had something to do with her ability to subsume her own physical beauty yet let an inner light shine out through the acting. she is at the peak of her acting powers in this film as she is in 'letter from an unknown woman'.
October 13, 2011
Impossible not to love this movie. A well deserved Oscar nomination for Joan Fontaine who gave an absolute brilliant and believable performance as a young girl in love with a man more than twice her age. I can say with complete confidence that a movie like this could never be duplicated today. A true Gem that will hit you hard.
August 3, 2010
The Constant Nymph (1943) is based on Margaret Dean's 1924 novel; it was filmed twice before 1928 and 1933. The plot was substantially the same in all three versions: A self-absorbd European musician (Charles Boyer) is idolized by the daughter of an older mentor (Montague Love) and his four daughters, espically young Joan Fontaine (in her third Oscar nominated role) who is frail. Though he is fond of the girl, the composer opts for a marriage to her cousin (Alexis Smith) but does not find satisfaction as she pushes him socially. Peter Lorre, taking a respite from villainous roles, is quite effective as a philosophical family friend. Composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold wrote a wonderful score. (35mm print viewed at the Library of Congress, 2010.)