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Soldi, soldi .......!!,
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This review is from: Enchanted April [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
No praise can be too high for this wonderful production; you would have to be a dead stick yourself not to be carried along by it.
Location, not Tuscany but Liguria (Portofino); writing; musical score and impecable acting. Amanda Richardson and Joan Plowright are incapable of putting a foot wrong, but they are by no means left to carry the day alone, and it is impossible to list the various actors in order of merit. At first sight, Polly Walker might seem the weak link in the chain, but she is perfectly cast as the languid, and worldworn aristo, turning in a sterling performance.
The Italian cast are also worthy of mention, and we are left (as is proper) to get the drift of their Italian, or not, and there is plenty of it! The boiler scene is a classic (btw - pericoloso means dangerous).
Classic quote (Mrs. Fisher): "[in my day]..husbands were taken seriously, as the only real impediment to sin."
This film is a MUST HAVE, but don't buy it on video - wait until it is available on DVD. My ropey copy was taped from the TV and requires replacing. It is a disgrace that this, and many another fine production, has not yet been issued on DVD. We all have VCR's, but who wants to buy videos any more?? The BBC seem particularly guilty in this respect.
Amazon please note: can't you log customer DVD searches and exert pressure so that they are released in the UK? The American market is much better served in this respect.
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Initial post: 8 Sep 2008 17:25:58 BDT
J. Hope says:
2008 and still not out on DVD!
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2012 12:36:16 GMT
I have the dvd version and i find the quality of this film is very poor so i assume the dvd version is also taken from the television.As the clarity and colour of this dvd is so poor one cant get a full appreciation of the beautiful surroundings.
Posted on 13 Jul 2013 18:36:00 BDT
Miss J. E. King says:
I too still have the 'ropey tv version on Video' and watched it recently before finally ditching the analogue telly, which still worked perfectly! and the video player which also worked perfectly! That's progress, apparently! I will hang onto said taped video if only for sentimental reasons and the fact I was 24 years younger and can still remember when it was aired on BBC2.
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