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Criterion Collection: Unfaithfully Yours [DVD] [1948] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009HMTDU
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UNFAITHFULLY YOURS - DVD Movie

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Every bit of this picture is Sturges down to the ground: the notion, the writing, the direction. --New York Times

No director ever matched Preston Sturges's way of blending low slapstick and literate dialogue comedy. --Chicago Reader

It is too bad that Preston Sturges is not compelled by law to turn out at least one movie, maybe two, a year. For nobody makes films as he does. --New York Times

No director ever matched Preston Sturges's way of blending low slapstick and literate dialogue comedy. --Chicago Reader

It is too bad that Preston Sturges is not compelled by law to turn out at least one movie, maybe two, a year. For nobody makes films as he does. --New York Times

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With rare exceptions like Frasier or Comme une Image, most supposedly `sophisticated' comedies are usually either too clever by half or not half as clever as they think they are: this definitely falls into the latter category. It may be slightly more articulate, but it still comes down to pratfalls and clichés clumsily dispensed (not to mention an incredibly one-dimensional role for Linda Darnell as the wife whose sole reason for existence seems to be to worship her husband). Unfortunately it soon becomes apparent that despite his confidence in the early part of the film, Rex Harrison is entirely wrong for the part: aside from being so incredibly unsympathetic that he simply alienates you for most of the film, he has absolutely no facility for physical comedy, which renders what could and should have been a great comic setpiece where he accidentally trashes his hotel room far more thoroughly than any rock star ever could even dream of rather tedious and protracted. (Alfred Newman's surprisingly crudely over the top slide-whistle and horn 'comic' underscoring all but stones the scene to death, a surprising lapse of judgment from a great composer in a film revolving around classical music.) In the hands of an actor with a modicum of physical comedy timing it could have been gold, but instead it's almost reduced to a technical exercise.

But the same could be said for much of the film. The idea of having the execution and resolution of Harrison's fantasies dictated by the pace of the music he conducts (Rossini for murder, Wagner for mournful forgiveness, Tchaikovsky for suicide) is inspired, but it results in scenes that feel forced, as if at the mercy of a galley slave master's drumbeat.
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Although not as brilliant or daring as some of Sturges' earlier work, "Unfaithfully Yours" is still quite funny. Rex Harrison is a conducter who suddenly starts to have suspicions about his wife and plans the best way to kill her... only nothing goes according to plan. As for the DVD the picture is quite good throughout (my guess is that has been restored), but the sound does get a bit annoying from time to time. As for the extras there are some interviews, but nothing very interesting - still is the film thatmakes it worth.
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It is easy to understand why they changed everything but the bare premise of this movie for the 1984 remake. After all, the 1948 original staggered beneath the weight of massive burdens. Its star performer not only consented but actually seemed to delight in delivering precisely articulated dialogue in long blocks, one after another--and all at crackling pace, too. Worse, Preston Sturges' clever, witty script plainly assumed that his audience possessed both general knowledge and willingness to pay attention for whole minutes at a time. Worst, Sturges' plot satirized both movie stereotypes and audience expectations.

Those 1948 audiences, for good and sufficient reasons of their own, did not turn out in droves nor did they shell out much money to see "Unfaithfully Yours." The 1984 production team did their very best to avoid that dismal fate by jettisoning Sturges' near-perfect script, ruthlessly dumbing everything down and shrinking the film to fit the talents of twinkly little Dudley Moore.

(Rex Harrison to Dudley Moore, what a falling off was there!)

Harrison plays British conductor, Sir Alfred de Carter, whom the script clearly expects the audience to identify with the real conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham. The initial satirical thrust at audience expectations is that de Carter turns out to be a super-egotistical prima donna rather than the smooth, lovable and--yes!--twinkly Sir Thomas. By a series of satisfactorily ridiculous plot developments, Sir Alfred becomes convinced that his beautiful and much younger wife is having an affair with his assistant.

Sir Alfred has a high comedy encounter with a detective played by Edgar Kennedy, one of the finest second bananas in movie history.
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Preston Sturges directed this delightful 1940s Hollywood comedy starring Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Rudy Vallee and Barbara Lawrence.Rex Harrison plays a conductor of an orchestra who suspects his wife is having an affair and during his conducting of the music he imagines all sorts of dramatic revengeful scenarios.However when it comes to putting these plans into action, all sorts of things go comically wrong.Rex's character is very clumsy and he nearly ruins their apartment trying to get his disc recorder to work from is supposedly simple instructions in order to make fake a recording.
Its Preston Sturges last film and one of his cleverist and most funny comedies and I rated it 3/5 stars.
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Excellent film with very charming and good actors.
Would recommend it to anyone.
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