The Passionate Friends (1948)
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as Mary Justin
as Howard Justin
as Steven Stratton
as Miss Layton
as Hotel Manager
as Hall Porter
as Emigration Official
as Bridge Guest
Critic Reviews for The Passionate Friends
Polished acting, masterly direction and an excellent script put The Passionate Friends in the top rank of class British productions.
There's a degree of emotional subtlety here that often went missing in the director's later work.
Somehow the simple expedient of raising their characters several rungs up the social and financial ladder and giving the roles to well-dressed stars has not brought a more impressive picture from the Messrs. Neame and Lean.
The glossy direction of the talented Lean made it watchable but only mildly pleasing as soapy entertainment.
Audience Reviews for The Passionate Friends
A frank look at how well a pragmatic marriage might work in spite of the occasional stirrings of passion and sentiment. It should be noted that HG Wells (on whose story this is based) often wrote of consequences which took a few decades to be fully appreciated. Bring a clean hankie.
well crafted brit rom-dram from the director of 'brief encounter' which would make a gr8 dbl feature with this.
Sort of a Brief Encounter part 2 but not quite as good and with more glamorous characters. The flashback structure didn't work so well and was rather confusing at times. The scenery and techniques were lovely but it wasn't until the last 40 minutes or so till I was really drawn in.
The Passionate Friends Quotes
|Mary Justin:||I'm not a very good person, Steven. I wanted your love - and I wanted Howard's affection and the security he could give me.|
|Steven Stratton:||I can give you security too, and more than affection.|
|Mary Justin:||You don't really know me at all. My love isn't worth very much.|
|Howard Justin:||Well you may love her, but you don't know her. I do. Our marriage has been very successful until now. It's based on freedom and understanding, and a very deep affection. It's the marriage Mary and I both wanted. Your love is the romantic kind. [Howard stands] The kind that makes big demands. Nearness, belonging, fulfillment; a priority over everything else - that isn't the kind Mary really wants. Although you almost persuaded her that it was. Don't you see that you two together are really dangerous? I'm not blaming either of you - you can't help it and you couldn't have changed it. You just have to keep away from one another; and in future I'm going to see to it that you do.|
|Steven Stratton:||I see your point of view; but it's a cold, bloodless bankers point of view and I don't believe a word of it.|