A jealous stage actor disguises himself as a Russian guardsman in order to test his actress wife's loyalty.A jealous stage actor disguises himself as a Russian guardsman in order to test his actress wife's loyalty.A jealous stage actor disguises himself as a Russian guardsman in order to test his actress wife's loyalty.
Nice to see Lunt and Fontanne
A little creaky, but worth it to see the real-life husband/wife duo of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne who were legends on the stage, and who live up to at least some of that here. Lunt does well early on when he emotes little facial expressions and mannerisms in a very natural and modern way, and Fontanne towards the end is brilliant, especially talking about his kiss as she caresses his face, and in delivering a veiled ribald reference about something else of his. The story involves a pair of actors who are also husband and wife, but it's pretty basic. He's worried that because she's had a number of men as lovers before she married him, she'll move on to another after all of the bickering they've been doing. To test her, he dresses up as a Russian officer and sees how she reacts to his advances. Where Lunt falls down a bit is in his characterization of the Russian, which is clunky and odd; it doesn't work, and also makes the chemistry that develops with her seem false. I loved the delightful bit of ambiguity in that very last shot and this wouldn't be a bad film to see, but guard your expectations. (sorry, no pun intended)
- Aug 16, 2019
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