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Saraband For Dead Lovers [DVD] [1948]

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  • Actors: Stewart Granger, Joan Greenwood, Flora Robson, Françoise Rosay, Frederick Valk
  • Directors: Basil Dearden
  • Writers: Alexander Mackendrick, Helen Simpson, John Dighton
  • Producers: Michael Balcon, Michael Relph
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Ealing Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3T2HQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,179 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This British-made period drama tells the story of a young woman (Joan Greenwood) who is torn between her love for a dashing rogue (Stewart Granger), and her duty to her husband by an arranged marriage, George Louis of Hanover, later to become George I.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Young Paul on 26 Mar. 2011
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The subdued technicolor is perfect for setting the mood of this excellent film. Very British in production, It's almost as if it was deliberately aimed at being as un-Hollywood as possible. There is no fantasy or glamour here, instead an energy and realism that's rather startling in a film of this age. Acting is of the high standard you would expect from the cast. Joan Greenwood and Stewart Granger are superbly convincing as the tragic couple, with Granger rating this as one of the few films of which he was proud. Brace yourself for the ending!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 April 2012
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In 17th century Hanover, a young girl (Joan Greenwood) is betrothed against her will to the uncouth and cruel Prince George Louis (Peter Bull), who is in line to inherit the throne of England. When a countess (Flora Robson) who wields behind the scenes power in court circles brings her latest consort, a Swedish Count (Stewart Granger), to the court, there is an immediate chemistry between the Princess and the dashing Swede. However, this passion will lead to tragedy for all involved. Based on the historical romance novel by Helen Simpson, this is a lush rich looking Technicolor film (the first for Ealing studios) whose art and set direction earned an Oscar nomination. There are enough court intrigues and political manipulations to keep one interested in the proceedings but as a romance, it's more fizzle than sizzle. The lovely Greenwood was always better at playing vixens rather than wan damsels and Granger is at his dullest. The best performance is delivered by Flora Robson, looking more glamorous than usual, as the plain and aging countess whose revenge destroys even herself. Directed by Basil Dearden. Douglas Slocombe (THE LION IN WINTER) did the Technicolor cinematography and the strong score by Alan Rawsthorne. With Francoise Rosay, Anthony Quayle, Michael Gough and Megs Jenkins.

The Optimum DVD is a nice looking if slightly faded transfer which doesn't quite illustrate the film's original Technicolor hues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sofia Ioannidou on 7 July 2013
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I felt as if I was there, instead of home watching a film. I loved the lovebirds and Peter Bull. I had read in articles that Flora Robson was the one that stood out. Well, she was very good (and very loud) but my favourite were Stewart Granger and Joan Greenwood. If I may say so, I felt that Granger was "wearing" his role like his skin.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By robert.hill on 29 April 2013
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BOUGHT THIS FILM AS A SUPRISE PRESENT FOR MY MOTHER AS SHE IS IN IT AS A BACKGROUND DANCER IN HER YOUNGER DAYS - SHE IS NOW 80 YEARS OLD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Storer on 25 Aug. 2014
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Almost a very good drama with unusual casting and imaginative production. Not expected from Ealing. Dark episode of affair of George I's wife and lover and her exile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Read on 29 Mar. 2014
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This is a wonderful old film. I love anything Stewart Granger was in but this was definitely one of the best
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Osborne on 16 Mar. 2012
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Stewart Granger was a consummate actor who was rarely given film roles that portrayed his talents to the full or brought him the stardom he deserved. Although this film is based around a somewhat mundane plot, he plays his part well. On the whole, I like the film, but much preferred him in 'The Prisoner of Zenda' which provided a much stronger storyline.
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By John Sutcliffe on 30 May 2015
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I came to this film through a book reference and it was quite new to me. I enjoyed it though the story line was sometimes confusing eg.when Stewart Grainger went to war. If you enjoy a good old fashioned yarn, this should appeal.
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