The End Of The Affair (Neil Jordan, UK 1999)

The End Of The Affair

“You can’t go on fighting (God), it’s only love after all”
This version focuses on love as a transcendenting force, expressing itself in religious fervor for her and in hate for him. The discourse around religion and belief is however much less sophisticated than in the original version of 1955.

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Stephen Rea, Julianne Moore, Heather Jay Jones, James Bolam
Written and Directed: Neil Jordan
Based On The Novel by Graham Greene
Music: Michael Nyman
Cinematography: Roger Pratt
Editing: Tony Lawson

These Three + The Children’s Hour (William Wyler, US, 1936 – 1961)

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Director: William Wyler
Writer: Lillian Hellman (original story and screen play)
Actors: Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon, Joel McCrea

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Director: William Wyler
Writers: Lillian Hellman (play), John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner

Because of the M.P.P.C. (or Hays Code)  that started to be fully implemented in 1934, Lillian Hellman had to change the story of her first play The Children’s Hour based on a true story in which two teachers are accused of being lesbians into a more acceptable triangular relationship..In These Three the two female teachers are in love with the same man.
In 1961, William Wyler made a remake of his own 1936 film, using this time the original story and the original title of the play.