Separate Tables (1958)


 separate tables“The trouble about being on the side of right, as one sees it, is that one often finds oneself in the company of such very questionable allies.” – Mr. Fowler

Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Jul 2014)

Brief Synopsis – Story of numerous residents of a British boarding house and how one day can change all of their lives.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I never had much interest in seeing but apparently that was because I didn’t know much about it.

The characters are all quite interesting and for a movie from the 50’s I was surprised at the fact that some of the topics of discussion were able to pass the censors. It isn’t at all common to see movies from that day and age discuss sex so frankly and openly.

The cast is great – David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth, and Wendy Miller all are superb.

Niven and Miller each won an Oscar for their roles. It’s interesting to note that Niven only appears in the movie for 23 minutes and to this day he has the shortest screen time of any best actor winner.

Something felt missing with the connections between the different stories and it’s too bad they couldn’t find a better way to connect them more naturally.

Bottom Line – Great dialogue, interesting characters. Niven and Miller both won Oscars for their roles. Connection between stories is weak. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy

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