I was dragged to see The End of the Affair expecting another lavishly costumed, pointless period romance of the Merchant-Ivory type ... only based on Graham Greene instead of Jane Austen or E. M. Forster. The kind of movie that our wives drag us to. Instead, I was converted.

The End of the Affair makes a lot of serious points, and offers a very modern, psychological drama in spite of the period setting (London during World War II). Instead of being another revisionist Hollywood remake, The End of the Affair is the best kind of historical drama: one that reminds you that history was made of real people and their emotions --- love, pain, jealousy, and emptiness.

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