Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Swan (1956)

Director: Charles Vidor

Writers: Ferenc Molnar, John Dighton

Composer: Bronislau Kaper

Starring: Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness, Louis Jourdan, Agnes Moorehead, Jessie Royce Landis, Brian Aherne, Leo G. Carroll, Estelle Winwood, Van Dyke Parks, Christopher Cook, Robert Coote, Doris Lloyd, Edith Barrett

More info: IMDb

Tagline: MGM presents the love story of a princess

Plot:  Grace Kelly is gloriously, glamorously regal in this retelling of Ferenc Molnar's romantic fable about a shy princess whose head tells her to wed a worldly Crown Prince (Alec Guinness), but whose heart is drawn to a dashing commoner (Louis Jourdan).

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.7

I'll watch anything Alec Guinness was in.  Anything.  His voice is so soothing and pleasant to my ears.  The film has an air of light comedy but there are very few moments where anyone would consider laughing.  It's not heavy on the drama, either, and the romance is weird.  You've got a teacher that's got the hots for the princess but she never considered him as anything but an employee until he confesses his love for her.  Suddenly she's madly in love with him?  The hell?  The performances are solid and the ending is not what one would expect but I liked it.  Guinness gives a poignant speech to Grace Kelly at the end but it's an analogy you either like or don't like depending on your feelings toward royalty.  As a film, it works but not completely.  Still, the parts that do are worth a look.

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