Brief Encounter / The Tamarind Seed
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BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1974)
Richard Burton and Sophia Loren headline this remake of the classic 1945 film written by Noel Coward. A social worker (Loren) and a doctor (Burton) meet by chance in a railway station, but are almost instantly captivated by each other, although they are each already married. The pair soon develop a connection that evolves into an unexpected love. A bittersweet drama about muted romance, featuring two of cinema's all-time biggest stars.
THE TAMARIND SEED (1974)
A man and a woman on opposite sides of the Cold War fall for each other in this romantic drama from writer-director Blake Edwards (Breakfast at Tiffany's.) Julie Andrews plays Judith, an assistant with the British Home Office who is on vacation in the Caribbean. Sparks fly when she meets Soviet military expert Feodor (Omar Sharif), but Judith's superiors question his intentions. With a mysterious Communist spy on the loose, Judith must decide who to trust-and who to love.
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I'm sure there's a reason these two titles were bundled together under the heading "Dangerous Romance," but they couldn't be more different. I watched the BRIEF ENCOUNTER remake with Sophia Loren and Richard Burton, which is okay, but stick with the classic original version from David Lean (Brief Encounter)--it's #2 on the British Film Institute's list of the 100 best British films of all time, and it's truly a masterpiece.
As for THE TAMARIND SEED, it's a good, solid, old-fashioned spy thriller set against the Cold War, with Julie Andrews as a secretary for an official in British Intelligence and Omar Sharif as a highly-placed military man from the USSR. They meet while both are vacationing in Barbados, and they meet again back in London and Paris. When they fall in love, the intrigue begins.
Blake Edwards keeps everything moving in various colorful locations, with good performances and a lush John Barry musical score. The print on this DVD is in anamorphic widescreen, and the picture is good, but the soundtrack is a bit muffled. Evelyn Anthony's novel was better than the movie version, but fans of Julie Andrews should enjoy watching her looking great (in Christian Dior) and acting sexy (not a nun or a nanny, for once). Sharif is really charming--he's actually the best thing in the movie. The great Anthony Quayle plays a British "handler," and Dan O'Herlihy, Sylvia Sims, and Oscar Homolka costar. Recommended.
A Great lot of romance.
Performers have a perfect talent,;
Mysterious beliefs ,created in Tamarind Seed , activate the actors ,
AND,, intrigue the view with anxious mystery..
This is the very first time I watched Brief Encounter. Good story and wonderful acting but a little slow moving at the start.