Review: ‘The Young Lovers’

The political conflict between east and west is brought home poignantly in this moving, sensitive romantic drama, directed with a sympathetic hand by Anthony Asquith and delicately interpreted by Odile Versois and newcomer David Knight.

The political conflict between east and west is brought home poignantly in this moving, sensitive romantic drama, directed with a sympathetic hand by Anthony Asquith and delicately interpreted by Odile Versois and newcomer David Knight.

It is a development of the elementary boy meets girl theme. In this case, however, the boy works in the code room of the American Embassy in London; the girl is the daughter of and secretary to the minister of an Iron Curtain legation. The girl finds she’s being followed; the boy’s telephone messages are being intercepted. Both the embassy and the legation fear that confidential information is getting into the hands of the wrong people, so the girl is ordered home and the boy is placed under arrest.

The plot unfolds tenderly by pinpointing the emotions of the young lovers without indulging in unnecessary politics, using rare touches of humor to relieve a tense situation with great skill.

Under Asquith’s polished direction, the two leading players bring a genuine freshness to their roles and give point to the arty touches used by the megger to bring home the sensitive side of the story. [Script is credited to Robin Estridge and George Tabori, from an ‘original screenplay’ by Tabori.]

The Young Lovers

UK

Production

Group. Director Anthony Asquith; Producer Anthony Havelock-Allan; Screenplay Robin Estridge, George Tabori; Camera Jack Asher; Editor Freddie Wilson; Music Benjamin Frankel; Art Director John Howell, John Box

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1954. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Odile Versois David Knight David Kossoff Joseph Tomelty Theodore Bikel Paul Carpenter
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