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Gilbert and Sullivan (1953)

The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (original title)
The common career of W.S. Gilbert,a barrister turned comic writer, and Arthur Sullivan, a classic composer turned converted against his will to light music, who wrote fourteen operettas between 1871 and 1896, to great public acclaim.

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The common career of W.S. Gilbert,a barrister turned comic writer, and Arthur Sullivan, a classic composer turned converted against his will to light music, who wrote fourteen operettas between 1871 and 1896, to great public acclaim.

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The film ends with Gilbert's knighthood ceremony, but very carefully does not show which British monarch knighted him, although in an earlier scene, it was made clear that Queen Victoria had knighted Sullivan. Gilbert was knighted by Victoria's son, King Edward VII, almost 25 years after Sullivan received the honor. The delay may have been due to Victoria's famous lack of a sense of humor, she was known to admire Sullivan most for his more serious musical compositions, rather than the G&S light operas, which she considered rather frivolous, while everything Gilbert wrote was humorous. The concealment of King Edward's presence at Gilbert's knighthood ceremony may have been done to avoid confusing the audience over Victoria's apparent withholding of the honor from Gilbert. See more »

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A classic that should not be lost!
28 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have never forgotten having seen this movie when others like The Red Shoes, Tales of Hoffman, the Alec Guiness and Peter Sellers comedies, Olivier performances in Hamlet and Henry V, were being received and cherished. The "Story of Gilbert and Sullivan" cast, script, and production values were as good, if not better than, the above mentioned. I have never understood how it didn't seem to get much attention for reproduction and reshowing in view of the fact that G&S productions are still being done in today's live performance theaters! Is it really too late to salvage and restore it for revival? Since it's action is largely in closeup, it's mono sound needs only to be upgraded to today's sound projection technology ... it will still be brilliant. I'll never forget the scene with Gilbert (the great Morely) riding in his horse cab during his customary opening night anxiety attack with the picture (and sound of the horse's hoof beats) superimposed over Martin Green (peerless Grossman) singing the Nightmare song ...matchless!! Please ... somebody ... rescue this film!!!


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