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Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948)





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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

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Stewart Granger
as Count Philip Koenigsmark
Joan Greenwood
as Sophie Dorothea
Flora Robson
as Countess Platen
Françoise Rosay
as Electress Sophie
Peter Bull
as Prince George-Louis
Michael Gough
as Prince Charles
Megs Jenkins
as Frau Busche
Jill Balcon
as Knesbeck
David Horne
as Duke George William
Mercia Swinburne
as Countess Eleanore
Miles Malleson
as Lord of Misrule
Anthony Lang
as Young Prince George
Noel Howlett
as Count Platen
Allan Jeayes
as Governor at Ahlden
Aubrey Mallalieu
as Envoy at Ahlden
Guy Rolfe
as Envoy
Victor Adams
as Solder #2
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Critic Reviews for Saraband for Dead Lovers

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Its people are strong, its dialogue is frank, and it gives a lively picture of a coarsely rich period.

April 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The screen flows with colour and life, and, although the opening may be a little confusing, the rest of the film has suspense, romance, interest and excitement in full measure.

February 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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