Saraband for Dead Lovers [DVD] [1948]

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Saraband for Dead Lovers
This lush 18th century period romance, based on historical fact, was the first color film from Britain's famed Ealing Studios, but it proved to be such a box office disappointment that Ealing never attempted such a lavish costume drama again. Sophie Dorothea (Joan Greenwood) is a young woman forced into a loveless marriage with Prince George Louis of Hanover (Peter Bull). George Louis is later crowned King George I of England. Despairing of ever experiencing true love, the depressed queen finds life at court no solace. Sophie then falls for a dashing Swedish soldier of fortune, Count Konigsmark (Stewart Granger). The feeling is mutual, and an affair begins, the couple carefully plotting to flee England to begin a new life together. Disaster strikes when they are overheard by Countess Platen (Flora Robson), a jealous former lover of Konigsmark's who takes her information to the king. Adapted from the Helen Simpson novel, Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948) was an early film for writer Alexander Mackendrick, who would later direct the classic Sweet Smell of Success (1957). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Stewart Granger
    Stewart Granger - Count Philip Koenigsmark
  • Joan Greenwood
    Joan Greenwood - Sophie Dorothea
  • Flora Robson
    Flora Robson - Countess Platen
  • Françoise Rosay
    Françoise Rosay - Electress Sophie
  • Anthony Quayle
    Anthony Quayle - Durer
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