Good adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s The Painted Veil, with particularly fine acting by George Sanders. Even in the film one detects Maugham’s knowledge and wariness of human behaviour, and his insights that were assisted by his training as a medical doctor who understood the misery of the slums and the downtrodden and ill-treated who lived in them. Maugham’s story for his novel, he writes in the preface to it, was suggested by lines of Dante that include
Siena mi fè; disfecemi Maremma:
Salsi colui, innanellata pria
Disposando m’avea con la suo gemma.
These Maugham translates as “Siena made me, Maremma unmade me: this he knows who after betrothal espoused me with his ring.” The seventh sin, incidentally, is not lust, but pride.