|Separate Tables (DVD, 2001) (DVD, 2001)|
|Separate Tables (DVD, 2001) EUC Rita Hayworth David Niven Burt Lancaster D Kerr|
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David Niven won the Best Actor Oscar in 1958 as Major Pollack in this ensemble movie about lonely residents at a seaside resort called Hotel Beauregard in England. His story revolves around his supposed claim of being a military hero during WW2. He has enchanted the lonely spinster daughter (Deborah Kerr)of Mrs. Railton-Bell (Gladys Cooper). So afraid of challenging her mother, Sibyl (Kerr) wilts at a cross word by her mother; she is the incarnate Charlotte Vale of "Now Voyager" days in this movie. Imagine her shock when she learns that Major Pollack has assaulted nine women in the local cinema!
In a separate story, the famous aging model Ann Shankland (Rita Hayworth) arrives to seek out her x-husband, John Malcolm (Burt Lancaster). She has heard a rumor that he is getting married again, and she wants to know if he is over her. He isn't. Arriving beautiful in furs and diamonds, Ann bewitches John, who lets it be known that he was a poor Philadelphia boy and was enslaved by her. But once married, she would not fulfill his conjugal rights, which destroyed him as a virile man. Do they have a chance to try to recapture what they had as a dating couple?
Meanwhile, John's mistress and fiancee is Pat Cooper (Wendy Hiller), also in an Oscar winning Best Supporting Actress role. In typical British fashion she keeps their relationship a secret and treats Ann graciously because she runs the hotel.
Other side players in the hotel are Lady Mattheson (Catherine Nesbitt), who is Mrs. Railton-Bell's sidekick; Charles (Rod Taylor), a struggling medical student whose girlfriend will not let him study; and Mr. Fowler (Felix Aylmer), who loses a billiard game and also conspires to get rid of the sex criminal, Major Pollack.
As you can see, this movie in 2010 would be considered "Much Ado About Nothing." What was considered horrible in 1958 is mild today. Or maybe it is just the British way of dealing with issues.
And did I say that this movie was nominated for Best Picture of 1958 along with 6 other nominations including the two wins for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress? Nominated for Best Actress was Deborah Kerr.
The DVD states that Vivien Leigh was originally supposed to play the Ann Shankland role but backed out when Laurence Olivier was removed as the director.
This movie is enjoyable now, but it is certainly dated. And also very British.
I bought this movie for a in-law and I watch it too. It was a good movie. See I gave you my review and it was not enough so now I will not fill out another.
This 1958 movie that stars Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth, David Niven, Deborah Kerr and Wendy Hiller, is a real classic! The movie is set at an English seaside resort. Lancaster and Hayworth are divorced but have decided to make another go of it....unfortunately Hiller is also there and she plays his timid mistress. Niven is a war hero...supposedly. Kerr is a lonely spinster who is there with her bossy mother, played by Gladys Cooper. The story revolves around the lives of all these people. It is an extremely well done drama! Niven & Hiller won Oscars for their performance. A must see!