"Actor: Eileen Herlie"

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  • The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan [DVD]The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan | DVD | (22/02/2021) from £10.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

  • The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan [Blu-ray]The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan | Blu Ray | (22/02/2021) from £14.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Robert Morley and Maurice Evans star as the celebrated Gilbert and Sullivan in this sumptuous costume drama from British film legends Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat. Co-starring Peter Finch and Eileen Herlie as the D'Oyly Cartes, The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan features spectacular imagery from BAFTA-winning cinematographer Christopher Challis, lavish design by Oscar-winners Hein Heckroth and Vincent Korda and a memorable soundtrack courtesy of the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent. It is featured here as a High Definition transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. Amid accusations of talent-wasting, composer Arthur Sullivan joins forces with dramatist W.S. Gilbert and impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte in a partnership to create what ultimately became some of the most innovative and successful music ever created.

  • Hamlet [1948]Hamlet | DVD | (10/03/2003) from £4.26   |  Saving you £6.99 (233.00%)   |  RRP £9.99

    In the opening scene of Hamlet, Laurence Olivier describes the play in a voice-over as "the tragedy of a man who couldn't make up his mind". But Olivier's screen adaptation is considerably more thoughtful and complex than this thesis would suggest. The contradictions and ambiguities of the title character, who prowls cavernous sets filled with vast, ancient corridors and winding staircases, emerge as if from a dream. The plethora of tracking shots--precise enough to impress Stanley Kubrick--encircle Olivier and his tightly constructed geometry of demise. Drawing on his experience playing the Prince on stage at Elsinore in 1937, the legendary thesp provides the film with the patina of greatness and shows how the constitution of the formerly cheerful Prince weakens increasingly under the burden of his own thoughts and inability to accept his mother's o'er-hasty marriage to uncle Claudius (Basil Sydney). Indeed, if emotions could possess ghosts, Olivier's Hamlet shows how they would manifest themselves. There is even a dollop of Freud, suggesting that Queen Gertrude (Eileen Herlie) has perhaps loved her offspring too closely--thus providing the fuel for Hamlet's actions. As Ophelia, Jeans Simmons captures the character's early spirit better than her gradual disintegration (Helena Bonham Carter fares better in Franco Zeffirelli's fine 1990 remake). Purists may bemoan the loss of Fortinbras, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, but these choices allow Olivier to focus more squarely on Hamlet's plight. His monologues, many held in secret enclaves, glow with the dramatic markedness of a Dostoevski novel, with all of the master's irony, allusions and witticisms in place. The winner of four Oscars (Best Picture, Actor, Art Direction, and Costumes), this is a Hamlet for the ages. The rest is silence. --Kevin Mulhall

  • The Angel With the Trumpet [DVD]The Angel With the Trumpet | DVD | (05/10/2015) from £6.73   |  Saving you £3.26 (48.44%)   |  RRP £9.99

    A British adaptation of one of post-war Austria's most significant films, The Angel With the Trumpet is the powerful, panoramic story of a family's tribulations from the last decades of the nineteenth century through to the dark days of Nazi rule. Featuring the great dramatic actress Eileen Herlie in her first starring role, this film also stars Basil Sydney, Norman Wooland and Anthony Bushell, who also directed. It is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.When Francis Alt, the head of the famous family of Viennese piano makers, decides to marry socialite Henrietta Stein, his family object due to her Jewish heritage and known dalliance with the Crown Prince Rudolph. When the marriage goes ahead despite their objections the Prince commits suicide, leaving Henrietta a note...SPECIAL FEATURES:Image GalleryPromotional Material PDFs

  • Hamlet [Blu-ray] [1948]Hamlet | Blu Ray | (19/10/2009) from £8.79   |  Saving you £11.20 (127.42%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Laurence Oliver delivers one of his greatest Shakespearean performances as Hamlet. Seldom has the tragic story of the Danish prince tortured by his duty to his murdered father and by the guilt and fear he feels at the prospect of revenge been so brilliantly portrayed. It is the tragedy of a man who thinks but fails to act. For as long as Shakespeare is performed this film will stand as a definitive production.

  • Isn't Life Wonderful [DVD]Isn't Life Wonderful | DVD | (09/11/2015) from £6.73   |  Saving you £3.26 (48.44%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Donald Wolfit heads a strong cast as an endearing Edwardian idler whose family's attempt to keep him respectably occupied unwittingly sets loose a passion for pedal power! Based on Brock Williams' novel Uncle Willie's Bicycle Shop, Isn't Life Wonderful is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Uncle Willie, who is on more than nodding terms with the Demon Drink, has for years been the black sheep of his wife Kate's stuffy family. So when his brother-in-law becomes engaged to the daughter of a rich American banker, it is decided that Something Must Be Done about Uncle Willie. The family reluctantly agrees to buy him a bicycle shop in the hope that it may exert a steadying influence; in fact, it simply leads to more trouble... SPECIAL FEATURES: Original theatrical trailer Image gallery Promotional material PDF

  • The Angel With The Trumpet [Blu-ray]The Angel With The Trumpet | Blu Ray | (12/08/2019) from £16.55   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    A British adaptation of one of post-war Austria's most significant films, The Angel With the Trumpet is the powerful, panoramic story of a family's tribulations from the last decades of the nineteenth century through to the dark days of Nazi rule. Featuring the great dramatic actress Eileen Herlie in her first starring role, this film also stars Basil Sydney, Norman Wooland and Anthony Bushell, who also directed. It is presented here as a new High Definition remaster from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. When Francis Alt, the head of the famous family of Viennese piano makers, decides to marry socialite Henrietta Stein, his family object due to her Jewish heritage and known dalliance with the Crown Prince Rudolph. When the marriage goes ahead despite their objections the Prince commits suicide, leaving Henrietta a note... Special Features: Image gallery Promotional Material PDFs

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