EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|SEPARATE TABLES (director: Delbert Mann; screenwriters: John Gay/from the one-act plays "Table by the Window" and "Table Number Seven" by Terence Rattigan; cinematographer: Charles Lang, Jr.; editor: Charles Ennis/Majorie Fowler; music: David Raksin; cast: Deborah Kerr (Sibyl Railton-Bell), David Niven (Major Pollock), Rita Hayworth (Ann Shankland), Wendy Hiller (Miss Pat Cooper), Burt Lancaster (John Malcolm), Gladys Cooper (Mrs Rallton-Bell), Felix Aylmer (Mr. Fowler), Cathleen Nesbitt (Lady Matheson); Runtime: 105; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Harold Hecht; MGM Home Entertainment; 1958)|
|"The well-made play and once well-thought of
film seems to be lifeless when viewed today."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Stiff film adaptation of the
one-act plays "Table by the
Window" and "Table Number Seven" by Terence Rattigan. It plays out like small-scale version of
The Grand Hotel. Director Delbert Mann ("Marty"/"The Bachelor
Party"/"Jane Eyre") keeps
it as a messy and artificial
character study of a group of
long-term residents from the
British seaside town of Bournemouth, who are staying at the Beauregard
Hotel in the off season when the summer guests have departed. The hotel
is efficiently run by its pleasant dignified manager Miss Pat Cooper (Wendy Hiller). The chic guests are an
unhappy assortment of misfits, losers and tortured souls.
David Niven plays the part of
a phony major, the delusional man who tries to impress the mousy
Deborah Kerr character with war stories of him as a hero. Deborah Kerr plays the role of a shy girl,
who is accompanied by her overbearing and sarcastic mom (Gladys
Cooper). Burt Lancaster is a
writer suffering from past pains and is a recovering alcoholic, who has
become involved romantically with the Hiller character. Rita Hayworth
is cast as Burt's fashionable former wife, who changes the dynamics of
her exes relationship with the hotel manager when she surprisingly
checks into the hotel and manipulates how to get back together with her
ex. Before the final curtain comes down, all the monumental problems
seem to be miraculously settled. The well-made play and once
well-thought of film seems to be lifeless when viewed today.
David Niven and
Wendy Hiller won Academy Awards.
REVIEWED ON 6/1/2011 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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