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Svengali [DVD] [1954]

Hildegarde Neff , Donald Wolfit , Noel Langley    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hildegarde Neff, Donald Wolfit, Derek Bond, Alfie Bass, Harry Secombe
  • Directors: Noel Langley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Renown Productions Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jun 2009
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00294067C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,344 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Ignoring the adoration of Billy, a shy, sensitive young man, Trilby O Ferral falls under the spell of Svengali, the sinister hypnotist. She and Svengali develop a concert act and tour successfully, forsaking Trilby's former friends. But Billy's love is unwavering and wins out at last over the dark power of Svengali.

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gnoring the adoration of Billy, a shy sensetive young man, Trilby O'Ferral falls under the spell of Svengali. Together they develop a concert act and tour successfully, forsaking Trilby's former friends. But Billy's love in unawavering and wins out at last over the dark power of Svengali.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A mesmerising performance 6 Sep 2009
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Sir Donald Wolfit was one of the leading Shakespearean actors of his day and it is a matter of great regret that he was never asked to film any of his major interpretations, especially that of King Lear.

It is a matter of good fortune that Wolfit appears in the lead role of this film as the part was originally to be played by Robert Newton. The screenplay is based on the once-popular novel "Trilby" by George du Maurier which concerns a young artist's model (the Trilby of the title) who, although practically tone-deaf, is transformed into a great operatic star by the hypnotic powers possessed by the sinister Svengali.

It is no surprise that the film's title bears the name of the evil genius Svengali, rather than duMaurier's original title, as the charismatic Wolfit gives a performance of prime "ham" which proves itself a cynosure at the expense of all the other actors in the film...such, apparently, was his way in the theatre!
The background score is by master film composer, William Alwyn, and Hildegard Knef's singing voice in the operatic scenes, when Trilby is under Svengali's influence, was dubbed by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

All in all this is a hugely enjoyable piece of vintage melodrama and a valuable memento of one of this country's most notable actors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Svengali 20 Aug 2013
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Got this for someone else as a gift, who saw film years ago.. This DVD is quite good I am told, although the ending to the
film seem a little rushed. Also although Jeremy Brett headlined as one of stars, he is only glimpsed briefly in one scene
not heard, so could some scenes have been edited? (Ditto Alfie Bass).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Donald Wolfit eating the scenery 19 Sep 2013
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An odd film to say the least. I'm not sure if then and now who the
film is aimed out. Not unless you want to see the big ham of
Donald Wolfit over acting. If you had seen Donald Wolfit in the Film
Room at the Top, when he's very good. But this film it seems as he is acting
in a different film to the rest of the cast.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Svengali 20 May 2013
By Graham
Format:DVD
The film is ok. The last 20 minutes covered too many events and had the script been longer it would have tired. Hildgarde Neffs acting is of a good standard. The same goes for Wolfit. The film is not digitally remastered.. The sound is ok but not brilliant and the print is washed out and scratched. No extras.
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