better than the Davis-Hward version
This was much better than the 1934 version. Although neither leading lady could make you believe that she was a cockney waitress, Kim Novak was much better. If only they could have cast Glynnis Johns or a younger Angela Lansbury clone, it would have been perfect. Alas, anyone who saw Kim in Picnic was hooked. How many members are aware that this novel was in many ways autobiograsphical, since Maugham spent time in medical school as a young man.
I have often wondered if Maugham himself had an affair at that time that went sour, which might have driven him in the direction he eventually turned to, despite, like Wilde, marrying and siring children. Of Human Bondasge is a monumental work, which no film could do proper justice, but I believe it is a fine film, nevertheless. They were right to leasve it in its original Victorian era, when the class distinctions were sharper, and the irony of sa young man from a privileged background becoming obsessed with a young woman from the lower order underlined Maugham,s ability, like Balzac in Terese Racquin, to lay bare the human psyche.