The Browning Version (1951)
Director: Anthony Asquith
Writer: Terence Rattigan
Stars: Michael Redgrave, Jean Kent, Nigel Patrick, Wilfred Hyde-White, Brian Smith, Bill Travers
In a magnificent performance, Michael Redgrave plays a Latin teacher who has arrived at a sad station in life.
Forced to retire by ill health, he has been denied his pension.
His unfaithful wife despises him.
He has not fulfilled his early promise, instead stagnating as an uninspiring teacher who is detested by his students.
Humiliations are heaped upon him until it seems he must break under their pressure.
However, he does exit with a measure of respect and we are given a glimmer of hope that he may yet reveal hidden talents.
I had thought that I was watching a 5-star film, but the conclusion was just a bit too restrained and tidy to capitalize on the powerful buildup.
Nevertheless, this film is well worth watching.
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