Saraband for Dead Lovers

Saraband for Dead Lovers

classified U

Slocombe at Ealing


Please note: This was screened in July 2018

Basil Dearden
Stewart Granger, Joan Greenwood, Flora Robson
96 mins, 1948, UK

Ealing (and cinematographer Douglas Slocombe's) very first Technicolor feature film is a lavish costume drama set in the 1700s.

One of Ealing's most expensive films, forgotten by many and dismissed by the critics of the time, Saraband for Dead Lovers follows Sophie-Dorothea (Joan Greenwood), wife of the future George I of England, who unwisely falls in love with Count Philip von Königsmark (Stewart Granger), a Swedish soldier of fortune.

Douglas Slocombe deliberately ignored all the usual strictures laid down by Technicolor on how the film should look, and the result is a gorgeous visual feast for the eyes.

Archive 35mm Print Courtesy of the BFI.