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Romance With A Double Bass (John Cleese & Connie Booth) [DVD]

John Cleese , Connie Booth , Robert Young    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Cleese, Connie Booth, June Whitfield, Graham Crowden, Freddie Jones
  • Directors: Robert Young
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Liberation Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 May 2008
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014DBW90
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,204 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Romance with A Double Bass is a truly delightful film and an important piece of film history. Based on a short story by Anton Chekhov this project was one of John Cleese's first post-Python projects. Romance With A Double Bass was the second writing collaboration for Cleese and Booth, and their first on screen appearance together, before they created the classic, Fawlty Towers. A bassist (Cleese) shows up early for the betrothal ball of a beautiful princess (Booth) and whiles away the time having a dip in the river. The princess is doing the same unbeknownst to the bass player, but when someone steals their clothes the bass player helps the princess to preserve her dignity by transporting her back to the castle in his bass case; along the way they overcome many mishaps and discover they have feelings for each other. The film also starts a host of British talent including June Whitfield, Graham Crowden, Freddie Jones, Jonathan Lynn and Andrew Sachs. Extras: Commentary by producers Ian Gordon & David King, Photo gallery

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, including the fine music score. 31 Aug 2009
Very funny comedy with John Cleese and Connie Booth in their young days.
The script comes out of a short story by Chekov. Cleese plays a double bass player (in Czarist Russia) who plays well, but has delusions about his prowess as a composer. He is busy composing a double bass concerto for himself and chamber orchestra - in his mind - when he comes across a beautiful princess who is asleep on a river bank. She happens to be a recorder player and after all sorts of adventures beautifully underscored by some very fine original music, they end up in love, and playing duets for recorder and bass. The minor parts are well played by a cast of fine British actors.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny musical romance 28 Aug 2004
This delightful little film is based, rather surprisingly, on a short story by Chekhov. John Cleese is a put-upon double bass player in an orchestra which has been engaged to play at the betrothal party of a Princess (Connie Booth). When Cleese arrives early he is turned away by a haughty footman, so he goes off to sit by the lake. As it's a hot day, he soon succumbs to temptation and goes for a swim. Unknown to him, the Princess is also bathing in the lake, and while they are both enjoying themselves, their clothes are stolen by a passing thief. Cleese is faced with the daunting task of getting himself, the Princess, and his double bass back to the house without anyone seeing them. In the course of their harrowing jounrey, a touching relationship develops between Cleese and Booth, as they find a mutual interest in music (the Princess is learning to play the recorder). This is a short but very amusing film, Cleese and Booth are both excellent, and there are some quite hilarious moments.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too short a lease 21 April 2010
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I just wanted to add, for the benefit of those who might not have looked at the details, that this is a short of only 40 minutes. Yes, you do get to see the young Connie Booth starkers but don't be surprised, as I was, when the film stops just as you were relaxing into it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It could happen to anyone... 13 Feb 2013
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Very enjoyable film, great actors, simple story not too far fetched (who hasn't skinny dipped without a slight worry in the back of your mind that your clothes could be gone by the time you got back? Then what?). Nudity fully functional. The film is a bit on the short side, but the story was told in full - no need to drag it out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bit of fun, but low on quality. 20 Dec 2007
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With a little more money and time this could perhaps have been turned into a five star farce.

The plot is simple. A princess and musician have their clothes stolen whilst skinny dipping in the lake. They then have to get home with only a double bass case to hide there modesty. Cleese is performs well as the musician, but I found it impossible to accept Connie Booth as a princess. She was married to Cleese at the time, which explains the casting.

There are a few funny moments getting to the house. Once in the house the action is bitty before jumping to the end. Perhaps this was an unfinished piece of work or key material has been edited out. It didn't seem complete to me.

This isn't a must have item, but for a small price it does pass as a bit of fun for a rainy afternoon.
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