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OH . . . ROSALINDA!!

MICHAEL POWELL & EMERIC PRESSBURGER

This film screened 27th December 2010.

Here is an unmissable chance to catch the least seen but by no means least interesting of the Powell-Pressburger collaborations: the second exclamation mark of the title is no misprint, but a pointer to its inspired strangeness. In the words of Steve Crook, who runs the brilliant website http://www.powell-pressburger.org/,
‘This is NOT just a film of a staged production but a truly filmic version of the operetta’ – how could one expect anything else from its creators? Pressburger adapts Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus in terms of post-war Berlin and the four occupying powers, France, Britain, the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.: the casting is a typically bold mix of singers and non-singers, even without Orson Welles, who was due to play the Russian General. This was the team’s first film in CinemaScope, their fifth with Christopher Challis as cinematographer, and their last with the great German actor Anton Walbrook, whose role has echoes of his impresario Lermontov in The Red Shoes.

101 minutes| U.K.| 1955| Colour| Anamorphic| 35mm

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