21 March 2015 | dbdumonteil
East side story
It's a pleasure for a French to watch highly talented Odile Versois in an Asquith movie;born a Russian (Poliakov) ,this part was tailor made for her:her three sisters were/are also actresses ,the most famous of them being Marina Vlady.In France she was not often given the parts she deserved and she prematurely died in the early eighties.
This could be subtitled "Romeo and Juliet in the cold war" ;An American falling in love with a Russian ambassador's daughter in those somber years is a dead end.Both become suspects,accused of being traitors to their countries.Chased by their own compatriots ,on both side (of the iron curtain although it takes place in england),they take a rebel stand and send a message of love,hope and tolerance to the world.
This is a touching melodrama,well acted by the two principals.