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5.0 out of 5 stars
Trio, Quartet, Encore, 4 July 2009
An invaluable collection for the cineaste, these three compilations adapted from W Somerset Maugham's short stories give a fascinating picture of England's tastes, values and attitudes towards class and foreigners. Whether it's Cecil Parker's rural Colonel unable to understand his wife, Dirk Bogarde upsettng his parents by wishing to play the piano as a profession, James Hayter retrieving his dignity after being dismissed from his job as a verger or Nigel Patrick as the very unEnglish Mr Knowall, these films show a postwar Britain reasserting an identity which seems alien today; a world of deference to rank in which all were expected to keep their station.