Though Jimmy’s restaurant has been reincarnated and was the site of Dec. 2’s preem party for “The End of the Affair,” the same could not be said for the late Graham Greene, upon whose novel the film is based. He was, however, remembered by the filmmakers.
Director Neil Jordan said the Greene novel he adapted has “a gravity. It deals with a set of ideas you never get to encounter as a director.”
The helmer-screenwriter went on to say, “The entire interest to me was how cinematic the basic book is — the same event was seen from so many points of view.”
Star Julianne Moore said Greene’s book “is a beautiful novel, but it’s philosophical and didactic and Neal made it beautifully cinematic. You feel authentically moved; you’re never manipulated.”
And star Stephen Rea, who was seeing the final cut for the first time, said he read the novel years ago “and I couldn’t honestly, for the life of me, imagine doing it. Now having seen the film, I’ll have to go back and look at the book again.”
Among those having a look at the film were Sony’s John Calley, Howard Stringer, Amy Pascal and Jeff Blake; star Ralph Fiennes; producer Stephen Woolley; plus 800 guests including Brad Pitt, Demi Moore, Eric Idle, Madeline Stowe, Bryan Lourd, Kevin Huvane, Ames Cushing and Doug MacLaren.