1865: Swiss captain Bluntschli fights as mercenary in the war between Bulgaria and Serbia. When his group's attacked by a few Bulgarian troopers, he learns that he's got the wrong ... See full summary »

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1865: Swiss captain Bluntschli fights as mercenary in the war between Bulgaria and Serbia. When his group's attacked by a few Bulgarian troopers, he learns that he's got the wrong ammunition for his cannon and has to flee. His flight leads him right into the bedroom of his enemy's fiancée. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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16 April 1989 (UK)  »

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Bluntschli: You never saw a cavalry charge, did you?
Raina: How could I?
Bluntschli: Ah, perhaps not - of course not. Well, it's a funny sight. It's like slinging a handful of peas against a window pane: first one comes, then two or three close behind him and then all the rest in a lump.
Raina: [in rapture] Yes, the first one! - the bravest of the brave!
Bluntschli: Hm! you should see the poor devil pulling at his horse.
Raina: Why should he pull at his horse?
Bluntschli: [impatient of such a silly question] It's running away with him, of course! Do you suppose ...
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Cute Little Story
11 February 2007 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

The movie has very much the feel of a play right from the start - I think it would make a better play than a movie because the set and dramatization make a movie version seem a bit too artificial. But, still, it's carried out fairly well, and the story & especially the dialogue are interesting. They've taken the dialogue pretty much exactly as is from the actual play. Perhaps it's a good introduction to Shaw's plays.

The main character Raina has her head in the clouds & and a flair for the dramatic, and Helena Bonham Carter's acting does a good job here. Her fiancé, Serges, is a bit too cartoonish when he is really supposed to be an extremely handsome dashing figure. Her parents are entertaining enough.


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