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GILBERT & SULLIVAN BROUGHT TO LIFE,
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This is a delightful film.
It can appeal to almost anyone, full of wonderful characters, the story of how Gilbert & Sullivan came to write their masterpiece The Mikado is facinating......
Jim Broadbent brings W.S. Gilbert within reach, a dour, typically Victorian gentleman, yet the driving force of the partnership. His gift for seeing the comic in verse balanced by his attention to the detail of production is complimented by Sullivan's response with music of the greatest lyricism.
All the cast are magnificent, so many stories within the main story. The set design, costumes and overall feel for the period draw you into the film....
The storyline interspersed with performances of parts of the opera makes the whole a joy to watch.
The film stands alongside : Amadeus (Mozart) and Immortal Beloved (Beethoven) as great films about musics greatest artists.
The best compliment I can pay to this film, which I have watched eight times, is that I would be happy to watch it again tonight......
For lovers of period drama, Gilbert & Sullivans music or anyone who loves masterful filmaking......ENJOY.....