Director: Basil Dearden (UK _ 1948)
In a reckless attempt to break with formula in favour of the ‘prestige market,’ ‘Saraband for Dead Lovers’ would be Ealing studio’s first and last Technicolor experiment in 18th century period romance. It tells the little-known story of Sophia Dorothea, (Joan Greenwood) who, after being forced into a loveless marriage with the rotund, Prince George Louis of Hanover, (Peter Bull) becomes embroiled in forbidden passions with Stewart Granger’s dashing Swedish sailor of fortune, Count Konigsmark.
Although worthy of fine central performances, Dearden’s lavish production was to become the studio’s costliest flop.
Time Out (London) – Issue 1916 – 9th May 2007 – 85