End of the Affair
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End of the Affair

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Director: Neil Jordan

Cast: Neil Jordan, Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, Stephen Rea

     
 

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A powerful romantic detective story that merits repeated viewings, Neil Jordan's adaptation of Graham Greene's The End of the Affair receives a stellar DVD release. The widescreen anamorphic transfer beautifully presents Roger Pratt's atmospheric lighting and camera work while the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track sounds great on any home stereo system. There areSee more details below

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A powerful romantic detective story that merits repeated viewings, Neil Jordan's adaptation of Graham Greene's The End of the Affair receives a stellar DVD release. The widescreen anamorphic transfer beautifully presents Roger Pratt's atmospheric lighting and camera work while the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track sounds great on any home stereo system. There are also a number of DVD extras, including audio commentaries, a featurette, and a separate audio track spotlighting Michael Nyman's very fine score. The featurette is a better-than-average promo spot, but viewers should avoid it until after they've watched the film since it gives away a number of important plot points. The DVD also comes with separate audio commentary tracks, one featuring writer/director Neil Jordan and the other with star Julianne Moore. Both off-the-cuff commentaries are worth listening to, even if each should've been more prepared. As actors are wont to do, Moore brings up her own career and what the part means to her, but she's also genuinely interested and proud of everyone's work in the movie, from co-stars to production and costume designers. Like Jordan, she also touches upon how the movie differs from Greene's famous semi-autobiographical novel. That rare instance where the movie is actually subtler than the book, Jordan's narrative changes actually has a much lighter touch in dealing with Greene's religious themes. Both commentary tracks can be of interest to all audiences, but especially to filmmakers and students, as all aspects of moviemaking are explored. The commentary track even explains why movie rain always comes down so harder than real rain (light rain doesn't show up on film) and why it's torture for the actors to film such scenes. The early 1955 adaptation of The End of the Affair has also been released on DVD, but Neil Jordan's movie is infinitely superior.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Virginia McCollam
Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan has a sensuous fascination with the darker impulses that drive human behavior. His rain-swept adaptation of Graham Greene's semiautobiographical novel, The End of the Affair, explores an adulterous love affair set in smoldering relief against the devastation of war-torn London in the 1940s. Ralph Fiennes stars as a brooding novelist obsessively in love with his neighbor's wife (Julianne Moore). Moore's understated performance garnered her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, and the dynamic Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Interview With a Vampire) is also extraordinary as her cuckolded civil servant husband. True to Greene's book, the characters speak in dialogue layered with irony, and the sex scenes are provocatively restrained. The affair evolves in an elegant series of flashbacks within flashbacks, with Fiennes's character narrating in voice-over a tale that is a meditation on loss, misunderstanding, and the horrendous twists of fate that call the very nature of faith into question.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
In his adaptation of The End of the Affair (1999), Neil Jordan transforms Graham Greene's first-person novel into a lushly romantic -- and surprisingly unsentimental -- story of passion and piety in World War II London. Playing another brooding, thwarted lover, Ralph Fiennes limns the depths of jealousy that threaten to poison Maurice Bendrix's feelings for Julianne Moore's married Sarah long after their assignation has ended. Repeating pivotal scenes from different points of view, as first Bendrix and then Sarah recalls the progress of their affair, Jordan portays Bendrix's investigation into Sarah's post-war life as a bitter search eventually transfigured by her transcendent adoration. Stephen Rea's cuckolded husband and Ian Hart's deceptively comical private investigator add further dimensions to the central philosophical conflict between Bendrix's secular love and Sarah's religious conversion. Though critics quibbled over Jordan's interpretation of the novel, few could argue with The End of the Affair's period detail and handsome photography or Moore's alternately restrained, carnal, and ethereal performance as Sarah. Moore went on to earn her first Best Actress Oscar nomination for her work.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2000
UPC:
0043396047457
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:41:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen and full-screen presentations; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital); Subtitles: English; Director Neil Jordan's commentary; Julianne Moore's commentary; Making-of featurette; Isolated music score; Theatrical trailers; Talent files; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ralph Fiennes Maurice Bendix
Julianne Moore Sarah Miles
Stephen Rea Henry Miles
Ian Hart Mr. Parkis
Sam Bould Lance Parkis
Jason Isaacs Father Smythe
James Bolam Mr. Savage
Deborah Findlay Miss Smythe

Technical Credits
Neil Jordan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jon Billington Art Director
Patrick Clayton Asst. Director
Susie Figgis Casting
Tony Lawson Editor
Michael Nyman Score Composer
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Pratt Production Designer
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
David A. Stephenson Sound/Sound Designer
Kathy Sykes Co-producer
Joanne Woollard Set Decoration/Design
Tony Woollard Art Director
Stephen Woolley Producer
Graham Greene Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:42]
2. Jealous Henry Miles [4:01]
3. Night They Met [3:09]
4. "I'm in Love." [1:09]
5. The Affair Begins [3:38]
6. Mr. Savage [2:52]
7. "Haunted Heart" [2:09]
8. Worried About Henry [3:47]
9. Mr. Parkis [6:12]
10. The Earth Moves [4:30]
11. Exhibits A & B [5:10]
12. Father Smythe [2:15]
13. Detective's Report [1:52]
14. Two Bores [1:48]
15. V1 Attack [1:56]
16. "You're Alive?" [5:13]
17. Sarah's Diary [2:33]
18. Answered Prayers [8:04]
19. Seeking Peace [4:33]
20. "Don't Leave Me." [3:58]
21. Returning the Diary [4:27]
22. Brighton [1:15]
23. Parkis' Brief [2:52]
24. "You'll Marry Me?" [1:26]
25. Bad News [5:40]
26. Bedside Confession [3:15]
27. The End Comes [3:57]
28. Final Miracle [5:51]

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