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This is a pleasant little film, jam-packed with amusing stereotypes of the
English and university life as seen through the eyes of exchange student
Wolf Hauser (very young and good-looking Kruger) If this movie had been
made even 10 years later I wonder if there would have been a deeper
exploration of Hauser's attempts to fit in with his surroundings and his
very German presence in a still anti-German post-war England?
As it is, the movie is memorable for the glorious footage of Cambridge (undoubtedly one of the most photogenic places in England) and the lovely Sylvia Sims, who manages to sweetly steal every scene she appears in. She is very reminiscent of Kristen Scott Thomas at times, with her terribly english loveliness. Strong supporting cast including Ronald Lewis and Eric Barker help a lot.
Cute, harmless comedy when there's nothing better to do.
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Frederick Raphael,the archetypal Yank at Cambridge and later to be responsible for the brilliant "Glittering Prizes",teamed up with fellow Cambridge man Leslie Bricusse better known as a songwriter to produce this delightful little piece of fluff that is in reality barely more than a commercial for their Alma Mater decorated by some charming English actors and the wry,ruefully attractive Herr Kruger who had a brief Icarus - like career in the late fifties British Cinema. It's main value is as an historical piece preserving forever images of the University of half a century ago,an institution far removed from the one that exists today.Happily elitist,blissfully unaware of the 20th century,the University as portrayed in "Bachelor of Hearts"(nice pun boys)has long since ceased to exist.No longer full of terribly well - spoken chaps from Eton,Harrow,Winchester or Salisbury,Cambridge,unlike Oxford,now takes the majority of its students from State Schools.Gowns are only worn for formal dinners or Graduations and in some colleges women outnumber men. Fortunately some things never change and there will always be male undergrads like Herr Kruger cutting a swathe through their female counterparts, a job made easier by the fact that there is no segregation of the sexes and that the boys and girls can live together quite openly in their college sets. But back in 1958 most of the fun was in the chase and the great Miss Sylvia Sims - soon to triumph in "Expresso Bongo" - was indeed a glittering prize.This brilliant actress was to have a long and triumphant career,seen most recently as the Queen Mother in 2006's "The Queen". There are lots of undergraduate japes,no sex,no swearing,no violence and no screaming rock soundtrack.It was a small happy success in its time and sixty - somethings may well love it.Others to whom sex,swearing,violence and screaming rock soundtracks are the stuff of life will find very little to interest them in a movie of real charm and good old - fashioned Englishness.
This is a quirky little movie with Hardy Kruger playing a young college graduate. Nice performance from Kruger in a sort of Brian Rix farce at the end when he is trying to entertain several girls - the reason why he is doing this escapes me at the moment. This is very much in the vain of the Ealing comedies - don't try to find the hidden depths there aren't any. Just go along with it and enjoy. Hardy Kruger is very popular with English audiences - he fits in well with our vision of the likeable German. Obviously his main claim to fame is the aircraft designer in "Flight of the Phoenix", but he has appeared in several war movies over the years.
German exchange student (Hardy Kruger) comes to the fictional University College, Cambridge. A collection of stereotypical but enjoyable Varsity capers ensue. Sylvia Syms is positively radiant - the proverbial English Rose. She has a knack for bringing the film to life whenever she appears on screen. The remainder of the players form a very predictable bunch of undergrads in their mid-twenties and profs in ttheir mid-eighties. Lovely views of the City, and one or two well orchestrated set-pieces (the raid on all-female college Girton is notable) make this effortless viewing.
This seems to be a comic vehicle for Hardy Kreuger.The problems are that the script wasn't written that way and Kreuger is not much of a light comedian.There are a lot of views of Cambidge in the late fifties,but this is insufficient to maintain interest.Lots of familiar faces who would do better work in the more popular Doctor and Carry On films.
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