Rent Personal Affair (1953)

3.4 of 5 from 51 ratings
1h 17min
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Synopsis:
Barbara Vining (Glynis Johns) is an impressionable teenage schoolgirl who has her first crush on her handsome Latin teacher Stephen Barlow (Leo Genn). Barlow meanwhile is married to a beautiful but insecure American Kay (Gene Tierney). When Barbara disappears after a late night tutoring session at the Barlow home suspicion abounds. The pressure builds on Barlow as the Police launch an investigation and he is forced to step down from his post as teacher. The strength of Barlow's marriage is tested to the full as are the inter-relationships within the Vining family. Will Barbara be found and how will the respective families cope with the highly charged outcome?
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Directors:
Producers:
Antony Darnborough
Writers:
Lesley Storm
Studio:
Strawberry Media
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Drama, Romance, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
02/04/2018
Run Time:
77 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W

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Reviews (1) of Personal Affair

Time and the River - Personal Affair review by CH

Spoiler Alert
01/04/2020

Three tense days fill these seventy-seven minutes. A model of psychological tension, this film - taken from a play which has fallen from sight -

is a marvel of small-town life turned upside down when a seventeen-year-old pupil disappears one dark night after meeting the Latin teacher upon whom she has a crush. An example of the way in which characters drive plot, this turns many variations upon lives of quiet desperation. Or, in the case of the girl's aunt (Pamela Brown) not so quiet: unable to shake of the end of an affair twenty years ago, she never loses an opportunity to remind people of it. A splendid study in malignancy. No shoestring incarnation of Peyton Place, this depiction of the Home Counties in turmoil has lavish, almost noir attention to detail, from close-ups of a sinister hand pushing coins in a telephone box to the dredging of the river. Seek this out.

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