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The Man Who Loved Redheads [DVD]
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Elegant, genteel picture from the closing period of Sir Alexander Korda's reign over the British Lion Organisation, in beautiful and delicate 'easter' colour, befitting Miss Shearer's beauty, not to mention perfect frame for her clever range of performing talents.

Tester to how such an old film can work for audiences beyond the one of its time: I was in my teens when I first saw this and thought anything from such an elegant age to be 'old hat', to say it very cleanly: but the film's sharp qualities very soon snared me when I saw just how mischievous Roland Culver goes on in the proceedings, and upon hearing precisely how his dialogue is interlaced with things untypical of the time. Culver had recently returned from several years in star and support in Hollywood, and always carries tricks up his sleeve.

The picture had been delayed from 1952 (it was filmed in 1954), and the only thing slightly drawing it back was having John Justin as lead, whose moment in time was passing by. Meanwhile, Kenneth More - merely this film's narrator - would be a British Lion superstar (courtesy of his turn in another Korda-Rattigan collaboration, THE DEEP BLUE SEA) by the end of that year.
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This film adaptation of Terence Rattigan's stage play 'Who is Sylvia' falls short of being enjoyably watchable and entertaining on several counts reaching from unrealistic portrayals to poor plotting plus the inclusion of a lacklustre ballet scene. There's too much concentration on the 'I say, old chap' stuff and not enough on the portrayal of the various redheads. Sadly, none of the few that are portrayed is particularly fetching, leaving the viewer with the impression that lover boy Mark St Neots of the Diplomatic Corps has very poor taste.

All told, this film is not up to the high standard created by other film adaptations of this period of British film making. It really isn't much more than a clichéd presentation of what should be an absorbing tale. It also has to be said that Moira Shearer's acting is far from the top quality required in this kind of presentation. In fact, all of the characters are little more than class clichés that end up degrading the whole performance into mediocre silliness.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2014
A strange film, with the leading actress playing all the redheads. As a redhead myself I was curious about the title, my husband said he had never heard of it and perhaps it deservedly sank without a trace? He was right, unless you are a Moira Shearer fan, you might find it disappointing, like I did.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2014
The music is what makes it great and of course the lovely Moira Shearer. Otherwise a bit lightweight
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lovely to see Moira Shearer of Red Shoes fame! She is not only acting but performs the pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty Act 3.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding romantic comedy
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