Anthony Higgins in 1990s
This romantic drama by Maggie Hemingway told a story about the famous impressionist artist Philip Wilson Steer (1860-1942). The novel won the Whitbread literary prize as the best novel of the year in 1986 and was turned into a film in 1991.
This story is a fantasy about what events occurred in the life of a young artist, who often spent his summers on the coast of Suffolk; these events might have been a historical basis for one of his paintings.
The social conflict of the society of the late Victorian era and of the artist who could meet a married woman he could love unfolds before the audience. The conflict intensified by Steer's artistic quest, whose paintings were not taken by any art gallery. As shown in the beginning of the movie, he had not been born as a thinker and an observer of life. Only after he and his beloved suffer many hardships, will his art find its depth.
In this movie Anthony Higgins has quite a winning role as the deceived husband, father of three daughters. His dramatic gift shows here in its entire splendor. © ©old, always busy businessman during the narrative turns into a shrewd player, seeking to avoid scandal or conflict, to keep the family together and protect his daughters from the ignominy to which they are doomed by his young wife, whom he obviously loves. His reticence of acute emotions and habits of a cunning fox attract the viewer's attention. As a result, the viewer empathizes with both of the male characters, who love one and the same woman, and do not know: Is it just that Higgins' character wins this war?
Richard G. Mitchell, the composer of the movie, was so kind to write an article about his work at this project along with the story of creation of "The Bridge" exclusively for
The Bridge: The composer's recollections of making the movie
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