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This feature film takes as its starting point writer Katherine Mansfield's posthumous instructions to her husband John Middleton Murry (Sir John Gielgud) regarding her work, and his subsequent handling of them. The story shifts between the publication of Mansfield's letters 33 years after her death and memories of Mansfield. Jane Birkin plays both Mansfield and a publisher's mistress who provokes revision of Middleton Murry's decisions. Filmed in France, the Pacific Films-produced, John Reid-directed film was praised by Variety as "an affecting experience."

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 John Reid
 John O'Shea
 Stanley Harper

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 Richard Potter

Richard Potter

This is a wonderful film - beautifully photographed with an outstanding cast. It's a great pity it is not available commercially on DVD.


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Lushly photographed, the film is as gentle and nuanced as Mansfield’s own writings, and the scenes between Gielgud and Birkin play with subtlety and insight… This is a refreshing, intelligent film… It’s a class act all the way. 
Gielgud’s performance is among his late best, a full-blooded rendering of a bloodless man. Jane Birken plays Mansfield as the gaunt and steely ghost who, in flashbacks, stalks his every move. 


1985 Taormina International Film Festival
Special Jury Citation Commendation (John Gielgud)
Nominated for: Golden Charybdis

1985 Orleans Film Festival
Best Actress, Jane Birkin

1986 Karlovy Very Film Festival (Czechoslovakia)
Cidalic Prize