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Princess Beatrice's days of enjoying the regal life are numbered unless her only daughter, Princess Alexandra, makes a good impression on a distant cousin when he pays a surprise visit to their palace. Prince Albert has searched all over Europe for a bride and he's bored by the whole courtship routine. He is more interested in the estate's dairy than Alexandra's rose garden. And then he starts playing football with the tutor and Alexandra's brothers. Invite the tutor to the ball that night and watch how gracefully Alexandra dances with him. Written by
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Molnar needs to be done with style, taste and wit--all of which qualities this dramatization has. The cast is stellar, with the future Princess Grace surrounded by the likes of Alec Guiness, Louis Jourdan, Estelle Winwood, and Jessie Royce Landis, to name a few.
The pace is very regal and leisurely, I'd say in "Adagio tempo," appropriate to the delicate nature of the royal estate. Bronislau Kaper's score captures the distinguished atmosphere, and the set decor is done with great care.
Charles Vidor's direction is dignified and the character interaction has genuine charm. I greatly respect MGM for creating so noble a work, and find the widescreen DVD most appealing.
Fine work done by all.
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