The Passionate Stranger with Carol Morley

The Passionate Stranger with Carol Morley

classified PG

Restored & Rediscovered


Please note: This was screened in July 2023

Muriel Box
Ralph Richardson, Margaret Leighton, Patricia Dainton
97 mins, 1957, UK

A married couple take on an Italian chauffeur, who quickly finds himself the inspiration for the novelist wife’s new novel. When he stumbles upon the manuscript, he convinces himself she’s in love with him, and tries to reciprocate.

Muriel Box was one of the few women directors in the British studio system across the ‘50s and ‘60s, and yet her films were all stamped with her indelible personality. The Passionate Stranger was perhaps her most cinematically inventive, melding standard black & white with full-throttle Technicolor fantasy sequences to make the most of the misunderstanding that powers the film’s comic sensibility.

The film was critically acclaimed at the time - and now’s as good a time as ever to rediscover why.

A 4K Restoration courtesy of STUDIOCANAL.

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