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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't watch this DVD....., 21 Aug. 2007
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This review is from: Tunes of Glory [DVD] [1960] (DVD)
I'm sorry that the enjoyment of this film was lessened for one reviewer by an apparent reproduction flaw on his copy, however I happily report that either mine was fault free or I entirely failed to notice it, engrossed as I was in what must be comfortably one of the handful of `best' British films ever made. Other reviewers seem to know a damn sight more about the technical background of this film than I do, so I shall restrict myself to the 'enjoyment' factor and thus whether you should invest your hard earned money in a copy. In that regard you should be aware that Tunes is an intensely bleak observation on the nature of human weaknesses: vanity, pride and jealousy in particular and the ultimately destructive consequences to the principal protagonists and those around them. Sounds a bit grim as a subject for entertainment, but then Macbeth still enjoys a fair degree of popularity. Yes Mills and Guinness are superb actors delivering utterly believable characters, each soliciting alternating feelings of frustration and annoyance with their perplexing, petulant and unbecoming behaviour. Thus is the measure of this film: its excellence cannot be measured by critical observation; it isn't the screenplay or the cinematography that makes this film a great film. No its greatness is that it isn't like a film at all - it's much more like being there. Don't watch this DVD: experience it.
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