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Separate Tables


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Terence Rattigan's pair of one-act plays are deftly woven together into this intelligent, handsome drama, a kind of
somber Grand Hotel of lonely and repressed lives at a British seaside hotel in the dreary off-season. David Niven and
Wendy Hiller earned well-deserved Oscars for their subdued turns, as a blustery old warhorse hiding a guilty secret and
the efficient hotel proprietress, respectively. Burt Lancaster is the alcoholic American whose secret affair with
Hiller is complicated when his former wife (Rita Hayworth) breezes in and reopens old emotional wounds, and Deborah
Kerr is a mousy woman whose secret love for Niven is shattered by scandal. Director Daniel Mann (Marty) remains true to
the good manners and quiet desperation that keeps these sad souls isolated at separate tables. He gracefully floats
between the two dramas and patiently allows his repressed characters to open up and reveal their true feelings in their
own quiet fashion. --Sean Axmaker

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