Directed by: Delbert Mann
Countries & Regions: United Kingdom, United States
Length: 96 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 11 July 2005
Cat No: 10005638
Languages(s): English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English, German
Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish
Screen ratio 1:1.66
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A collection of guests gather at an English seaside boarding house. The landlady, Pat Cooper (Wendy Hiller), is the lover of failed... Read More
A double Oscar-winning adaptation of Terence Rattigan's West End and Broadway hit, Separate Tables is a beautifully cast ensemble piece, and it is a pleasure to watch seasoned actors playing off each other to such effect.
Set in the Hotel Beauregard, Bournemouth ('Three minutes from the sea, Fine Cuisine, Separate Tables') the guests provide contrasting studies in being alone. Major Pollack, an ex-army man full of bluff and bluster played by David Niven with genuine pathos, is fearful lest it be discovered that he has recently been up before a Magistrate's for a sordid offence. Meanwhile, guest house owner Pat (Wendy Hiller), has begun a relationship with Burt Lancaster's alcoholic writer, shortly before his ex-wife comes to visit - a study in impassive dignity on the edge of collapse from Rita Hayworth.
Mann's direction preserves the immediacy of the play, while the camera is cleverly used to increase the intimacy between characters, making the film a fascinating study in eyes - pleading, questioning, hiding and always revealing far more than their owners are saying.