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 Posted:   Jul 10, 2024 - 1:30 PM   
 By:   roadshowfan   (Member)

I've managed to isolate this stunningly gorgeous and dynamic sequence from Saraband For Dead Lovers. It's quite unlike any other set piece in British cinema at the time, and arguably even more striking than anything from Powell & Pressburger. Natalie Kalmus must have loved it!

https://mega.nz/file/ZXpkVCjI#lfzvrLyaWByiBAm94b8KQxAwGuIdw8xV9S0M9U2NLSU

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 10, 2024 - 4:05 PM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

I've managed to isolate this stunningly gorgeous and dynamic sequence from Saraband For Dead Lovers. It's quite unlike any other set piece in British cinema at the time, and arguably even more striking than anything from Powell & Pressburger. Natalie Kalmus must have loved it!

https://mega.nz/file/ZXpkVCjI#lfzvrLyaWByiBAm94b8KQxAwGuIdw8xV9S0M9U2NLSU


Impressive. One would imagine the influence of The Red Shoes, but that film was released only a few months prior. How interesting to see Joan Greenwood without her purring voice and Stewart Granger without much of anything but his movie star looks.

Sarabande for Dead Lovers -- one of the greatest movie titles ever. Basil Dearden had some some fancy editing for the climax of Dead of Night (1945), but this is in another league.

Composer was Alan Rawsthorne.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 11, 2024 - 4:30 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

That was amazing. I love how Granger closes the windows at the end, effectively shutting out the score.

Kids - DON'T take drugs before watching this.

 
 Posted:   Jul 11, 2024 - 8:43 AM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

The music, as arranged by Gerard Schurmann, is the final selection on this fine Chandos album, one of over two dozen amazing British film music compilations in the Chandos catalogue:

https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%209749

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2024 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   roadshowfan   (Member)

Delighted this sequence has found a little love, though I don't suppose it will mean anything to anyone under the age of 60! But it really is a magnificently executed piece of film-making. There is so much going on! Love the swooping camera, the bobbing masked heads, the almost 3-D flame throwing, the swirling skirts and the coloured gloves banging on the door. It's unfortunate that nothing else in the film matches the visual virtuosity of this scene, but the lavish production design and beautiful Technicolor certainly compensate for the rather dour narrative. The restored print must look even more gorgeous on blu-ray.

I'm not a huge fan of Alan Rawsthorne, but his music works well here, despite that awfully corny chord as Joan bumps into Stuey!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2024 - 7:41 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Yes, the color is indeed stunning in such a frenzied stream-of-consciousness sequence with underscoring that heightens her delerium.

 
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