Separate Tables (United Artists 1958, David Niven, Deborah Kerr)

Separate Tables

Touching, subtle examination of lonely lives and lost loves, Separate Tables, adapted from Terence Rattigan’s play of the same name, follows several residents of an English seaside hotel as they search for meaning, independence and acceptance. Slightly rewritten to include American characters, thus ensuring an audience on both sides of the Atlantic, this smart, mature, restrained film was deservedly nominated for seven Oscars (it won two).

Separate Tables composer David Raksin, is best known for his score to the 1944 film noir Laura. Although he was nominated for an Oscar twice, including Separate Tables, he never won an Academy Award. The Philadelphia-born Raksin was probably the only Hollywood musician who not only worked with Igor Stravinsky, but also studied with Arnold Schoenberg.

Oscars won: Best Actor (David Niven), Best Supporting Actress (Wendy Hiller).
Oscar Nominations: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Black and White Cinematography, Best Score.

Cast: David Niven, Rod Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Wendy Hiller, Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, Felix Aylmer, Gladys Cooper, Cathleen Nesbitt,

Director: Delbert Mann
Producer: Harold Hecht
Director of Photography: Charles Lang
Editors: Charles Ennis, Marjorie Fowler
Composer: David Raksin
Screenwriters: John Gay. Terence Rattigan
Art Director: Edward Carrere

USA / United Artists / 98 minutes / 1958

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