Review: This tells the true story of the doomed love affair between a Christian theologian, writer and professor C.S. Lewis and a Jewish-American poet.
Director: Richard Attenborough
Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, Julian Fellowes and Edward Hardwicke
Genre: Biography, Drama and Romance
Both Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger give a fantastic performance. The performances are intelligent, moving and beautifully acted. The film that Anthony Hopkins acted in before this was the fantastic ‘Remains of the Day’, 1993. One of Richard Attenborough’s best pictures and great to see a director get under the skin of the characters. The 1950s setting is spot on. Everything about this is convincing and totally real. You believe in these characters. I enjoyed the musical score in this. It is a very long film coming in just over the 2 hours. In one of the scenes Douglas Gresham is reading in bed. The book he is reading is The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien: in real life Tolkien was a good friend and colleague of C.S. Lewis. Singer/Actress Barbara Streisand was asked to direct and star in this but declined. The main theme in this is the theme of suffering. At the Bafta Awards in 1994 Richard Attenborough and Brian Eastman won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film.