Monday Seagull’s review published on Letterboxd:
I’d always suspected this was incredible and guess what? It totally is.
And despite the predictability of its brilliance, it still offers plenty of surprises. And Monty, as always, is a revelation.
The empathy displayed here is astounding. Every character is a tragedy. Peripeteia and Anagnorisis abound.
Stevens really seems like he understood what the method was and how to best showcase it on film. He constantly puts the camera behind Clift; giving us medium shots with his entire body in view. So much of the performance comes from his back and shoulders. It’s amazing.
I was also quite surprised by how political this was. I always thought the British were the most adept at indicting class, but it turns out the Yankees can do more than stick feathers in their caps and call it macaroni.