Friday, 20 January 2012

Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948)

This historical drama by Ealing Studios stars Joan Greenwood as Sophie Dorothea, a young woman forced into an unhappy manage to the odious Prince George Louis (played by a gloriously obnoxious Peter Bull) and under the thumb of Electress Sophia (Fran├žoise Rosay). Light comes into her life with the birth of her children, but soon even these are taken away from her. Hope is renewed by the dashing Swedish Count, Philip Konigsmark (Stewart Granger), but their romance is blocked by Countess Clara Platen (Flora Robson). Eventually their love can no longer be denied, but it can only end in disaster...

Directed by Basil Dearden, Saraband for Dead Lovers is a pretty good historical drama, but man is it miserable - seriously, it's miserable enough for my mother-in-law to love it (on the off-chance that my wife's mother ever actually reads this, it is meant as a rather tongue-in-cheek comment!).  So, recommended if you like fairly intense historical affairs, but not if you want anything approaching cheerful entertainment.

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