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Cornelius also directed Ealings Passport to Pimlico, so his sure eye for gently mocking and celebrating British eccentricities is never in doubt. The screenplay by (American writer) William Rose now seems like an elegy to a way of life long disappeared: the pivotal moment when Gregson stops to humour a passing old buffer about his love of classic cars comes from a vanished era of politeness before road rage; as does the priceless exchange between hotel owner Joyce Grenfell and her aged resident: "No ones ever complained before", says the mystified Grenfell after Gregson and Sheridan moan about the facilities, "Are they Americans?" asks the old lady, unable to conceive that anyone British could say such things. Genevieve is both a wonderful period comedy and a nostalgic portrait of England the way it used to be.
On the DVD: the "Special Edition" version of Genevieve has a decent new documentary with reminiscences from Dinah Sheridan (still radiant), the director of photography and the films editor, who talk about the challenges of filming on location. Most treasurable of all, though, is legendary harmonica player Larry Adler, who remembers his distinctive score with much fondness and is not at all embittered by his Hollywood blacklisting, which meant he was denied an Academy Award nomination. Theres also a short piece on some of the locations used (which for economic reasons were mostly in the lanes around Pinewood studios), cast biographies and a gallery of stills. The 4:3 ratio colour picture looks pretty good for its age and the mono sound is adequate. --Mark Walker --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
A true classic of the British cinema.
Engaging performances for all,in particular the beautiful Kay Kendall
Great to see London 60 years ago before it became... Read more
Excellent remastering and repacking of this classic British film, and at this price well worth the modest outlay.Published 5 days ago by Daithi Bothair
Superb colour and clarity on the DVD of this excellent 1950's comedy. The London to Brighton race is completed by a pair of competitive friends (Kenneth More and John Gregson) and... Read morePublished 9 days ago by K. Harvey
Good movie with plenty of comedy and a good storyline revolving round the London to Brighton vintage car rally. Certainly worth watching.Published 21 days ago by colinc
A superb old classic, One of those darn i wish i was around then kind of films.. Love it !Published 23 days ago by Mr. A S. Davies