Connecting Rooms

1970

Drama

168
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 399

Synopsis


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Cast

Bette Davis as Mrs. Aylwood
Leo Genn as Lord Wessex
Michael Redgrave as Burgomil Trebitsch
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968.41 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
103 min
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1.75 GB
1920×1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
103 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by mark.waltz 6 / 10 / 10

The queen of the cinema shines in a film that remains way beyond obscure.

More than 25 years after her death, Bette Davis remains perhaps the greatest legend in the history of movies, but even a legend must have a period of adjustment. Her career took a slump after a series of "hag horrors" ("Baby Jane", "Sweet Charlotte", etc.) and the great Ms. Davis took pretty much everything she was offered just to keep working. Several of her films barely saw the light of day, and one of them is this interesting British drama where she plays a sort of earth mother, a kind, aging woman who lives in a boarding house and seems to be a confidante to everybody. When the quiet Michael Redgrave moves into the room next to hers, they begin a friendship that helps them deal with their obvious loneliness. He's at first reluctant to let her in, but as he realizes what life without people is like, he makes her a special friend. However, a young man (Alexis Kanner) who lives in the building professes jealousy, claiming that Redgrave is only after her money. But clues are dropped which gives the indication that it is Kanner who the real gold digger is, referring to the much older Davis as "princess" even though he's seeing younger women without her knowledge and lying to her about his whereabouts. "Without convictions, life is just a banana. Life is just a coffee grinder, and we're the coffee bean", is one of the pieces of advice Davis gives Kanner, and indeed, their relationship seems as strange as the literary quotes she drops. It's obvious that Davis's lovely character is suffering from desperate loneliness, and it's very parallel to her real life that she utilized as the title of one of her autobiographies, "The Lonely Life". Davis herself said in her old age that if she were to become involved with a man again, it would be a much younger one, and that is a very interesting comparison to her life here. Veteran British leading lady Kay Walsh is memorable as the owner of the building, while Olga Georges-Picot is lovely as the young lady Kanner is involved with whom he also betrays. It's just a shame that this really didn't see the light of day other than a few brief showings (most likely overseas and not in the states) and is a sweet artistic gem that deserves to be re-discovered.

Reviewed by ros-4 8 / 10 / 10

A wonderful movie about keeping hope alive by having unshakeable faith.

The story revolves around three people:Wanda, James and Mickey. Wanda is a lonely musician living in a rundown boarding house, and she meets Mickey a struggling music writer who lives just downstairs; while Professor James lives next door to her and in fact their rooms are only separated by a connecting door...thus the title of the movie. She lost the love of her life and now that's she's getting older Wanda gives her heart to Mickey with the hope of loving again,but he's only interested in becoming famous and getting whatever he can from Princess (what he calls her) In the meantime, the Professor loses his job, because he stands up for his belief...but he keeps it a secret from everyone. Wanda realizes that the Professor is tortured and tries to become a friend. In time their friendship develops, not to the liking of the nosey landlady, and Mickey who's failing at everything and now wants to make up for all of the times he'd ignored Wanda or simply used her. Wanda finally say her goodbyes to Mickey, much to his dismay and turn her attention to the fragile, but kindly Professor...in spite of the fact that she's found out his secret. He too gravitates towards her warmth as a wonderful person. The professor then ask to see her performance...at first she refuses, but recants,because she realises that in order for their relationship to progress, he needed to find out her secret...which he does. She wasn't a musician on stage, but rather a street musician who lived on whatever was thrown her way.Neither comments,but rather wholeheartedly embraces each other for what they were.

Reviewed by marqymarqy 8 / 10 / 10

Superb actors in a great film

Given the superstars appearing here it's hard to understand why this film has not been released on DVD - are artistes allowed to veto such releases as I understand they are with proposed television screenings? The film was last broadcast in 1995 or 6 as part of ITV's "Nightscreen" strand and I had the presence of mind to VHS it as it is a favourite of mine. Alexis Kanner as "Mickey Hollister" lets his incredible sideburns do the acting - as he did in the film Crossplot and as "the kid" in The Prisoner episode Living In Harmony - and they almost steal the show from Bette Davis - who is amazing - almost impossible to believe you are watching the same actress who made All About Eve (1950) and Whatever Happened To Baby Jane (1962). Michael Redgrave is also excellent value - you can almost smell his filthy old raincoat. Also appearing here as a topless model is the delightful Gabrielle Drake as Kanner's unfortunate girlfriend - dumped as you know she will be when she tells Mickey she is pregnant. All told then, this film's a good one - not slow but measured - containing elements both predictable and unpredictable, and deserving to be witnessed by a larger audience. I am able to supply DVDs. My Email address is [email protected] or text me on 07949 792 498

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