Saraband for Dead Lovers

Saraband for Dead Lovers

classified U

Slocombe at Ealing

Film

Please note: This was screened in July 2018

Director
Basil Dearden
Cast
Stewart Granger, Joan Greenwood, Flora Robson
Details
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.