The Passionate Friends (Re)

[pg]

United Kingdom 1949, 91 mins
Director: David Lean
Starring: Trevor Howard, Ann Todd, Claude Rains

THE PASSIONATE FRIENDS has been hailed by critic David Thomson as David Lean’s work “most deserving rediscovery”.

Mary (Todd) has chosen a comfortable, secure life with her rich banker husband (Claude Rains) over romantic passion with her first love Steven (Howard).

Turmoil ensues when Steven suddenly reappears in her life. This absorbing romance, adapted from a story by H. G. Wells, boasts subtle performances, nuanced direction and beautiful cinematography.