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Divinely decadent and a brill cast,
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This review is from: White Mischief [DVD] (1987) (DVD)
St against the background of Kenya and the onset of WW2, this excellent movie delves into the infamous murder of Lord Errol..the list of people who wanted him removed was quite long (husbands, some mistresses and even MI5 may have ben involved). What this film manages to do is to capture the mood of Kenya and the Happy Valley set, the decadence and soft corruption that infused this element of the colony. Stunning visuals and excellent acting from Joss Ackland, Charles Dance, Trevor Howard and Gretta but what makes this work so well is that the minor characters play so well as well. The sense of unreality as war rages overseas, the remoteness from tragedy and the hedonism are all captured. The murder which is the pivot of the film lays bare a corrupt community about to vanish. Those who have visited Kenya will love the film, those who love history may be slightly chagrined that the ending isn't quite accurate but watch the extra elements ( the making of the movie and the interviews with the cast for excellent insights).
Great movie great cast